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Yankees Say Miguel Andujar Will Have Season-Ending Surgery

Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, the runner-up in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season, has decided to have season-ending surgery, after nearly six weeks of trying to rehabilitate and then to play through a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ head physician, will perform the surgery on Andujar, 24, on Monday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the team announced Wednesday night.

“Miguel tried to give as much to the team as he could but realized that he just wasn’t physically able to deal with the pain and still be as productive as we all know he can be,” Andujar’s agent, Ulises Cabrera, said in a text message after the team’s announcement.

In a Yankees season defined by injuries — and by a 26-16 record in spite of them — Andujar became their first player to be shut down completely. Seventeen Yankees have hit the injured list in the first quarter of the season, and a major-league-leading 13 are currently there.

Usually a stout hitter, he was 3 for 34 with no runs batted in after his return. He struck out nine times and was making weaker contact than usual. He batted .128 over all in 12 games this season.

On Monday the Yankees decided to put Andujar back on the I.L. and to reconsider the options.

Andujar recently had another M.R.I. exam, and the results were nearly identical to the previous one, Boone said Tuesday. Andujar was then given a few days to discuss the next move with his family and confidantes. He told the team on Wednesday that he would have the operation.

“It’s sad,” Urshela said, adding later, “I’ll pray for him to get a quick recovery and get back soon.”

Cabrera commended the Yankees’ treatment of Andujar throughout the process. He said that both doctors involved in the case — Ahmad and David Altchek, who provided a second opinion — were confident that Andujar could return to his previous form.

After struggling in the field last season — only three major league third basemen made more errors than his 15 — Andujar spent the off-season and spring training working on his fielding and throwing, which he often preferred to do from a sidearm angle rather than the traditional overhand method.

In his absence, Urshela has thrived, and over the weekend, the Yankees claimed infielder Breyvic Valera, who has played in parts of two major league seasons, off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Valera was sent to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he and Tyler Wade can serve as infield insurance.

On Tuesday night, the Yankees traded for Kendrys Morales, who Boone said was expected to get quite a few at-bats as the designated hitter. Morales, 35, was recently designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics after hitting .204 with a .569 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

He went 1 for 2 with two walks in his Yankees’ debut, in the nightcap of their doubleheader sweep against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

But advanced metrics suggest that Morales was hitting the ball harder than his statistics showed. Last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, Morales hit .249 with 21 home runs and a .769 O.P.S. Morales, a switch hitter, has played in parts of 13 major league seasons, most with the Los Angeles Angels, and is a career .267 hitter with 212 home runs.

In reality, the Yankees need only to buy about another month of time before shortstop Didi Gregorius returns. When Gregorius had Tommy John surgery last fall, his target return date was some point during the summer. He is on pace to return closer to the early side of that projection.

Whenever Gregorius is back, Gleyber Torres can return to second base. D. J. LeMahieu can float around the infield, as he was expected to do before the season, or handle third base, with Urshela serving as a backup.

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