Frazier 'surprised' to be sent down by Yankees

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CHICAGO — Minutes after he was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday afternoon, New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier admitted he was “pretty surprised” to find out he was being sent down.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow, yeah,” he said. “It’s never fun, especially with how much I felt like I’ve contributed to this team this year.”

The 24-year-old Frazier heads back to the minor leagues as Edwin Encarnacion, the one of the majors’ more prolific active home run hitters, gets added to the Yankees’ 25-man roster following the Saturday trade that brought him to the Bronx Bombers from Seattle.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday’s demotion was the product of needing to open a roster spot for Encarnacion, the American League’s home run leader with 21.

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The timing of the move was particularly surprising to Frazier because of the remaining subtractions that will happen in the coming days with outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge wrapping up minor league rehab assignments for their injuries. Frazier intimated he figured he’d be sent down once that happened in the coming days, but not quite now.

“Not because of Encarnacion,” Frazier

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