Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said Andujar had a versatile swing, one that allows him to hit different type of pitchers, and the aptitude to adjust.
“What’s been exciting for me to watch is when he’s had those weeks where he hasn’t been that great or locked in, he’s still finding ways to make adjustments, and he’s kind of competitive,” Boone said. “Even when it’s not going great for him, even when they have a tough pitcher making pitches, he’s a guy you feel like can break through.”
In his first at-bat on Friday, Andujar was jammed, but hit a fastball from the left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez over a drawn-in infield to score Torres, who had led off the second with a triple off the center-field wall.
Rodriguez came inside against Andujar in the fourth, and he hit a towering fly ball that landed in the seats just over the left-field wall. His two-run homer put the Yankees ahead, 4-0.
“He’s under control in the batter’s box,” Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said in describing the home run. “He’s a guy that will expand, but at the same time he’s able to get some pitches out of the zone. That pitch was up, and he got to it, and I think a week or two ago, there was a breaking ball down and in, and he got to it.”
Cora noted how the Pirates had targeted Andujar and the Yankees had resisted.
“I can tell why they wanted to keep him,” Cora said.
But as July 31, the date of the nonwaiver trade deadline, draws closer and the need for an elite arm becomes more critical, the question for the Yankees may become not whether they want to keep Andujar, but for how long.
Brett Gardner said he felt “zero” effects from the collision he had Wednesday night with the outfield wall in Philadelphia. Manager Aaron Boone said Gardner was examined by trainers on Thursday, when the Yankees were off.