Miguel Andujar’S A’S Debut Vs. Astros: Redemption On The Horizon

Miguel Andujar Returns to Oakland Athletics, Boosting Lineup

Oakland, Calif. – In a long-awaited move, Miguel Andujar has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list by the Oakland Athletics. The team announced the roster change prior to Friday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Andujar’s Journey Back to the Field

After signing a one-year deal with the A’s in November, Andujar stole the show during spring training with an impressive .357 batting average, five home runs, and a 1.110 OPS in 14 games. However, his momentum was abruptly halted when he underwent surgery to repair a torn right meniscus just before Opening Day.

“It was a little hard, but at the end of the day, I control what I can control,” Andujar said.

Following his surgery in late March, Andujar embarked on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-May. He quickly regained his form, going 7-for-18 with four doubles and six RBIs in five games.

“Anytime you have a veteran player that’s gone through the process, it’s good to communicate with them and get feedback,” said A’s manager Mark Kotsay.

Andujar’s Debut and A’s Expectations

Andujar made his Oakland debut as the cleanup hitter and left fielder against Astros’ ace Justin Verlander. His arrival provides a much-needed boost to the A’s offense, which has struggled since May 10, ranking 21st in the majors in OPS.

“He’s a professional hitter who takes good at-bats,” Kotsay said. “He’s got a two-strike approach. He impacts the baseball really hard when he gets a good pitch to hit.”

Andujar brings a wealth of experience to the A’s, having played in parts of seven major-league seasons with a career slash line of .270/.302/.449 and 39 home runs.

Brett Harris Optioned

To make room for Andujar, the A’s optioned infielder Brett Harris to Triple-A Las Vegas. Harris made his major-league debut on May 3 and had a .116 batting average with three home runs in 17 games.

“The league quickly finds holes or your weaknesses,” Kotsay said. “In Brett’s case, he can get a little more aggressive to the strike zone in his swing, but overall, I think it was a great experience for him.”

With Andujar’s return and the ongoing development of their young players, the Oakland Athletics look poised to make a strong push for a playoff berth in the highly competitive American League West.