Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said today that outfielder Clint Frazier will be optioned back to Triple-A when Aaron Hicks is activated from the disabled list.
The 22-year-old has impressed in his first 13 games replacing the injured Dustin Fowler in the outfield. His .298/.306/.638 line with just 12 strikeouts has effectively pushed Jacoby Ellsbury into the fourth outfielder role. Ellsbury has been limited due to injuries, and is hitting just .175 in July.
Frazier’s absence will not be very long. Hicks is still at least two weeks away from beginning baseball activities. He has not played since June 25, so a rehab stint in the minor leagues is likely. With that in mind, the Yankees are unsure when the 27-year-old can play again. Frazier will continue to play until Hicks is ready.
MLB rosters expand to 40 players on September 1, and you can bet Frazier will be one of those 40. A lot can happen in the next two weeks too. Ideally, no one gets hurt, Frazier goes down for a minimal amount of time and then everyone is back on the active roster come September.