The New York Yankees have been hoping to have one of their best young outfielders back for a while now in Clint Frazier, but his battle with a nasty concussion he suffered while making a catch during Spring Training has taken much longer than expected.
Recently, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that Frazier was "very close" to coming back.
Clint Frazier is “hopefully very close” to getting into games, Aaron Boone said. He’s been running the bases and tracking pitches.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) 3 de abril de 2018
A cryptic tweet by Frazier on Thursday made the rumor of his return a lot bigger as he wrote:
"Thankful that it's over"
thankful that it’s over— Clint Frazier (@clintfrazier) 5 de abril de 2018
Manager Aaron Boone had indicated that the young outfielder had been running the bases and tracking high-velocity pitches, making it seem as if his concussion symptoms have largely subsided.
It is unclear what the next step is for Frazier as he has been out since February 24th and it's unknown if he is ready to face MLB pitchers.
The plan is probably to have him train in one of the Yankees minor leagues facilities, but with both Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury out with injury, it wouldn't surprise many if the Yankees ramped up his preparation.
The Yankees seemed to get some insurance in claiming Trayce Thompson from the Dodgers, a player who if sticks could give Frazier even more time to get 100 percent, but Thompson was claimed again now by the Athletics after the Yankees didn't place the outfielder in their 40-man roster.