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Aaron Hicks returns to New York Yankees' lineup, but Miguel Andujar hits injured list again

NEW YORK - The New York Yankees made a handful of roster moves ahead of Monday night's series opener with Baltimore, turning over a total of eight transactions in a 24-hour span.

Added were outfielder Aaron Hicks, who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list, as well as RHP Chance Adams and LHP Nestor Cortes Jr., who were both recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Departing were outfielder Mike Tauchman, who was optioned to Triple-A following Sunday's game, as well as right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga and third baseman Miguel Andujar, who were each sent to the 10-day injured list due to separate right shoulder issues.

In addition, the Yankees claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the San Francisco Giants Sunday night and optioned him to Triple-A, and to make room on the 40-man roster, the team transferred first baseman Greg Bird to the 60-day injured list.

Andujar spent nearly five weeks on the injured list earlier this season due to a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder, and he was just 3-for-34 at the plate since being activated on May 4. The slugger had insisted he's good to go, but manager Aaron Boone wasn't seeing what he was accustomed to.

"Even though he's passed everything and rehabbing properly, and all the strength tests came back okay, we do feel like the injury is a contributing factor to some of the struggles," Boone said. "It's uncharacteristic that it's gone on like this because he's such a good hitter, but when something's a little off, that can affect why a player is special."

Loaisiga, who is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four games (three starts) this season, was scheduled to start Monday's series opener with Baltimore, but was scratched due to a right shoulder strain that could keep him out for at least a month.

"I don't want to speculate too much into it, but it seems like a four-week shutdown and he'll get built back up from there," Boone said. "Hopefully we avoid something serious, but we're glad he came in and said something, and hopefully we can get this treated the right way."

Luis Cessa, who has not pitched since last Wednesday, was tabbed to start with Adams possibly piggybacking, and both of those hurlers could be in play to fill the rotation spot vacated by Loaisiga until James Paxton returns.

"It's very fluid; we could use an opener, or move some things around," Boone said, "but we have the off-day coming up Thursday, but we'll see where we are the next time through."

Hicks, who has missed the entire season so far due to a core injury, was 3-for-18 in five rehab games, but all those hits - two doubles and a home run - came Sunday in Triple-A. He was slated to be the leadoff hitter in Monday night's game, and Boone is obviously glad to have his center fielder back.

"I feel like he's one of the most underrated players in the game; he's a dynamic all-around player and an impact player," Boone said, "so we're very excited to get him back. We feel like physically he's in a very good place - past the injury for a while now - and he's built up where we feel he's fully ready to go."

Adams has spent the entire season so far in Triple-A, going 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings over six starts. Cortes also spent most of the season in Triple-A, pitching to a 4.54 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, but he did just spend a few days on the MLB roster; he was called up on Thursday, pitched the final two innings of Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay, and was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday.

Tauchman, who has been on the roster since opening day, was hitting .213 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 32 games.

Valera, 27, had been with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, hitting .257 with one home run in 24 games. He was notable as one of the prospects sent from Los Angeles to Baltimore in last season's Manny Machado deal, and has a career .216 average in 36 MLB games with the Orioles, Dodgers, and Cardinals.