Clint Frazier’s disappointing season has taken its latest twist, landing him on the injured list.
The Yankees outfielder, who exited Wednesday’s game early with “complaints of dizziness,” went on the IL Friday for what manager Aaron Boone described as vertigo. But Boone said Frazier is still undergoing “a battery of tests” to discover exactly what his issue is.
“It’s been pretty extensive so when we have all that information, full clarity, we’ll have a better answer for you,” Boone said before the Yankees hosted the Mets. “Doctors, hospitals, things like that. Just trying to, if we can uncover something or get to the bottom of anything. It’s a litany of tests he’s going through.”
Frazier, who has missed extensive time in the past with concussions and concussion-related issues, has “been OK” since Wednesday, according to Boone. The 26-year-old entered the season as the Yankees’ starting left fielder but had lost his hold on the job. He was batting .186 with a 77 OPS-plus through 66 games.
Putting Frazier on the IL opened the 26-man roster spot for outfielder Tim Locastro, whom the Yankees acquired in a trade with the Diamondbacks on Thursday. The upstate New York native was in The Bronx on Friday but was not in the starting lineup.
“We love his speed and athleticism and his ability to really defend in the outfield,” Boone said. “Right now, see him in there probably against lefties out in center field, sharing that with [Brett Gardner]. Certainly coming in off the bench. Another guy with big-time speed and can go play defense in the outfield, especially when we have leads and trying to close down a game.”
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