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Miguel Andujar’s Recovery: Rehab, Then Learn 2 New Positions

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TAMPA, Fla. — No one from the Yankees had to tell Miguel Andujar he might need to find a new home on the baseball diamond this year.

Andujar, the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2018, entered last season as one of baseball’s brightest young stars. But on March 31, just three games into the 2019 season, he tore cartilage in his throwing shoulder on a seemingly innocuous slide into third base, an injury that would force him out of nearly the entire rest of the season.

As he underwent several months of rehabilitation after surgery, Andujar watched third baseman Gio Urshela, a relatively unknown reserve player, seize control of his old spot and become one of the saving graces of the Yankees’ injury-ravaged 2019 campaign with his stout defense and breakout hitting.

Andujar, 24, already known more for his bat than his glove, could foretell what this all meant. So in August, with his teammates surging toward an A.L. East title and a deep playoff run, Andujar approached his agent with an idea: It was time to learn some new positions, maybe left field and first base.

“We realized that we had to work and be ready this year to give my best wherever on the field and support the team,” Andujar said in a recent interview.

It was a humbling realization for a player who so recently seemed poised to lock down the Yankees’ third base spot for years to come. But by the time Yankees Manager Aaron Boone met with Andujar at the team’s facility in the Dominican Republic last month and mentioned those two new positions, Andujar said he was way ahead of his manager.

“When we first broached the subject with him, he was excited about it and even told us he had started to do some things on his own,” Boone said.

So Andujar spent the fall and winter not only rehabilitating the injured labrum in his right shoulder but also working with a private trainer here in Tampa to improve his agility so he could handle third and first base, and left field. (He had also worked the previous winter and spring to better his shaky defense at third base.)

He began taking ground balls and fly balls at the other positions in the Dominican Republic and in Tampa. During spring training games, he said, he expects to play all three positions.

“I feel like he has the athletic ability to do it, to be able to move around and hopefully add to his versatility,” Boone said. “And with the quality and the depth of our roster, it could be something that’s important not only for him, but potentially for us, too.”

Before General Manager Brian Cashman proclaimed this winter that third base was Urshela’s job to lose, he likened Andujar’s situation to that of the former Yankees slugger Alfonso Soriano, a natural shortstop who learned left field in the spring of 2001 before eventually becoming the everyday second baseman in the major leagues. (An All-Star named Derek Jeter was already entrenched as the Yankees’ everyday shortstop.)

“It was, ‘How can we keep this dynamic bat where it plays?’” Cashman said of Soriano in November. “I can’t dispute that I’ve run that through my mind about Andujar, too.”

In the past, some have bristled at being called utility players, a label Andujar could earn, because it implied they were not good enough at one position to play there every day. But that has lessened with the success of Ben Zobrist (who earned a four-year, $56-million contract as a utility player in 2015), Kris Bryant (who won the 2016 N.L. Most Valuable Player Award while bouncing between third base and the outfield) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (winners of seven straight division titles with a roster full of Swiss Army knife players, led by first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, the 2019 N.L. M.V.P.).

Andujar, whose name surfaced in trade talks over the winter, said he would prefer to stay with the Yankees, and at third base — the only position and organization he has ever known. “But I want to contribute to the team,” he said. “And whatever decisions are made, I’ll take them positively.”

That includes potentially having him start in the minor leagues, should the Yankees have too much of a logjam or if Andujar needs more time to dust off the rust from last season or master his new positions.

Wherever he ends up, it will be preferable to the lonely situation he experienced last year, the first lost season of his career. He is hoping 2020 looks more like 2018, when he smashed 27 home runs and batted .297.

“The results so far have been positive,” he said, “and I’m happy with how I’ve responded to this.”



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At U.C. Irvine, to Honor Kobe Bryant Is to Win

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LOS ANGELES — In the weeks since Kobe Bryant’s death, the sprawl of Los Angeles has been covered in murals of the longtime Laker. It would be hard to find a local basketball court without a player wearing a Kobe jersey. Flowers, candles and other tributes have piled up outside Staples Center.

As the city prepared for a memorial service on Monday to celebrate the lives of Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were among nine people killed last month when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near Calabasas, Calif., many were finding the most meaningful tributes to be the ones on the court.

That is especially true for a team that was close to him: the Anteaters from the University of California, Irvine.

The university’s Bren Events Center, a 10-minute drive from Bryant’s home, became an unexpected training ground for the player in 2007, thanks to the coordination of Ryan Badrtalei, who was then the director of basketball operations.

From 2007 to 2013, the Bren Center was Bryant’s off-season home. He was relentless, Badrtalei said, to the point that off-season almost sounded like an oxymoron. “I can honestly say there wasn’t a day where he gave a half effort,” Badrtalei said. “That was his approach every single day of every off-season: ‘What can I do to get better? How can I do more to continue to evolve?’”

Badrtalei, too, was relentless. He became the assistant coach of the Anteaters in 2009 as his relationship with Bryant deepened. “Being around him, not wanting to let him down, kept that drive going,” he said.

One of the last texts Badrtalei sent to Bryant was about that persistent mentality. While listening to an interview with Bryant, Badrtalei realized he could predict every answer. “I said: ‘Man, I can’t believe how much you have impacted my thought process. Every question they asked, I kind of knew the answer.’ I know how he thinks and how it’s shaped the way I think in terms of my approach to training and competition.”

“And that’s unfortunate for everybody I’ll be coaching — they’ll feel that,” he added, laughing.

It was evident on the court Saturday night when Turner and Badrtalei led the Anteaters against California State University, Northridge. The Anteaters are in their championship push with hopes of an N.C.A.A. berth, and it shows.

At one point in the game, the Anteaters were leading by 32 points. But they were playing with an intensity as if the score were reversed, their coaches shouting as if the N.C.A.A. championship were on the line.

Most of this year’s squad did not interact with Bryant as much as some previous teams. In 2013, after Bryant ruptured his Achilles’ tendon, his off-season became dedicated to rehabilitation. His time at the Bren Center became sporadic, and he retired three years later.

But his relationship with U.C. Irvine remained strong, and the Anteaters intend to honor him the best way they know how: on the court. The Anteaters won their game on Saturday, 87-64, to improve to 19-10. They are 11-2 in the Big West Conference.

“I don’t think there’s anything better we can do to honor the legacy of Kobe than trying to compete at our highest level,” Turner said. “Our players see that as the responsibility that comes with feeling connected with Kobe, with the Mamba mentality.”



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