Giancarlo Stanton is unfortunately heading back to the IL with a PCL strain, Aaron Boone said after the Yankees' win on Wednesday. But that doesn't mean Clint Frazier is coming back to the bigs.
Instead, the Yankees are bringing Mike Tauchman with them to London to replace Stanton on the roster. Thairo Estrada and Kyle Higashioka will be going over the pond as well, filling into the Yanks' extra slots for the London series.
So what does this mean for Frazier's status on the Yankees?
Well, for one, he hasn't been hitting well since he was sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In five games, he is 3-for-17 with a homer, one RBI, and a double with eight strikeouts as well. Frazier's bat in the Majors was stellar over 53 games this season, owning a .283/.330/.513 slash line that included a .843 OPS which was higher than Mookie Betts at one point.
However, this move might not be so shocking if you read between the lines. Of course, there was Frazier's run-in with the media, where he wouldn't answer questions about his outfield play following a rough game against the Red Sox. When he did get in front of the camera, he was very short with his answers.
That act didn't go over well with the Yankees, and GM Brian Cashman noted it being something he didn't want to see from the 24-year-old. Cashman did, however, commend Frazier battling through that criticism with his play at the plate during that span.
But then he was shockingly sent down to Triple-A before Tauchman when the team acquired Edwin Encarnacion. The move could definitely be viewed as a message to Frazier, who admitted he thought he'd go back to Triple-A when Stanton and Aaron Judge returned.
Is this another message to Frazier? No one can know for sure, but it could be another move he shakes his head at.