When the New York Yankees put third baseman Miguel Andujar on the injured list shortly before Monday’s game, his replacement needed to get to Yankee Stadium in a hurry.
So shortstop Tyler Wade used a rideshare service.
“Uber,” he told reporters after the game. “Yeah.”
Wade took an Uber from rural Pennsylvania — where the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is based — and arrived in the Bronx in the seventh inning. The trip was more than 100 miles long and typically takes about 2 1/2 hours without traffic.
It cost about $315, but the Yankees covered the expense.
“I didn’t want to miss the game, because I knew it was urgent. We had a short bench,” Wade told reporters. “So I just tried to get here as soon as I can.”
Wade, 24, did not end up playing in the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.
An expensive Uber trip was the least of New York’s concerns on Monday. The team learned that Giancarlo Stanton will miss three to four weeks with a strained left biceps, then got the news about Andujar, who finished second to Shohei Ohtani in last year’s rookie of the year race.
Manager Aaron Boone said the Yankees will be cautious with Andujar, who was diagnosed with a small tear of the labrum in his right shoulder, but “surgery could be in play, which would obviously compromise his season.”
Contributing: Pete Caldera, NorthJersey.com
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