CHICAGO — Matt Holliday has been placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 25 due to a viral infection.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees promoted 22-year-old third baseman Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton.
Holliday, who had missed the previous three games, has been sent back to New York for more testing.
“We’re not seeing much improvement, and I think our biggest concern is the fatigue factor with him not eating a lot,” Joe Girardi said on Wednesday. “And if he did start to get better, it would take him 3-4 days to get his strength back. So you start to add all that up, and you’re looking at 10 days.”
Miguel Andujar gets in work at third base during spring training for the Yankees in March.
The 37-year-old veteran DH is hitting .262/.366/.511 with 15 homers in 68 games.
Added Girardi: “I think he’s probably lost a little weight. He just doesn’t look like a very energetic person.”
The Yankees have ruled out mononucleosis for Holliday.
Andujar has compiled an .837 OPS with eight homers and 54 RBIs in 74 games between Double-A Trenton (67) and Triple-A Scranton (seven). He was not expected to arrive in the majors this soon, but injuries quickly changed his trajectory.
“It’s special,” said Andujar, who is making his first MLB start on Wednesday night as the DH.
Tyler Wade, who drew a pinch-hit walk on Tuesday, is also making his first MLB start in left field.
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Their roles will be determined on a day-to-day basis.
Andujar will become the eighth Yankee to make his MLB debut in 2017. Alex Rodriguez was especially high on Andujar during the spring. Andujar, who is on the 40-man roster, ascended in the minors due to the season-ending injury to top prospect Gleyber Torres.
Tyler Austin (right hamstring tightness) could also be headed to the DL, Girardi said. Austin Romine started for the second consecutive night at first base. “Austin’s hammy is not where we want it, and that’s a concern,” Girardi said. “So we’re going to have to make a decision there.”