Clint Frazier knows he’s just 4-for-26 with two extra-base hits this spring, but his objective hasn’t changed. He still intends to be in The Bronx on Opening Day.
“That’s always the focus, but it’s something I’m trying not to think about right now,’’ Frazier said before the Yankees played host to the Phillies on Wednesday night at Steinbrenner Field. “I’m working on what I need to work on to put myself in the best situation. Things change every day, and we’ll see where I am at the end [of spring training]. As long as I’m feeling good, I feel I have a good chance.”
Manager Aaron Boone has indicated that isn’t likely to happen, especially with Frazier having missed much of last season due to concussion symptoms that plagued him on and off following his head injury last spring.
But Frazier thinks he crossed some bridges this week, both at the plate and defensively.
In Tuesday’s win over Baltimore, when Frazier replaced Giancarlo Stanton in left field, he nearly hit his first homer of the spring, but the opposite-field shot to right fell short of the wall. Then he almost got to Austin Hays’ homer that just got over the wall in left.