Cubs put Clint Frazier on appendicitis injured list

CHICAGO — Clint Frazier’s injury-plagued career was dealt another blow on Friday when the Chicago Cubs announced the outfielder had been sidelined with appendicitis.

Frazier was put on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Frazier missed the last 82 games of last season with the New York Yankees due to fear of heights. He signed a $1.5 million one-year contract with the Cubs after being released by the Yankees on November 19.

Frazier hit .143 (3 for 21) with two doubles and two walks in 10 games for the Cubs.

Outfielder Alfonso Rivas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Rivas, 25, stood on opening day and was 2 out of 4 before being chosen to Iowa on April 16. Rivas hit .539 (7 out of 13) with two doubles, one homer and four RBI’s with Iowa.

Injuries followed Frazier, a former Cleveland first-round pick in the 2013 draft, since he was traded to the Yankees as part of a 2016 deadline for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

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Frazier made his Major League-debut in 2017, hitting .231 in 39 games for the Yankees. But he suffered a concussion during spring training in 2015 and was placed on the IL for two stints related to his concussion, including a second trip from July 16 through the remainder of the season. He played in 15 games over four stints, hitting .265.

Frazier recovered in 2019 with career-highs of 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s in 69 games. But he missed two weeks because of a left ankle sprain.

Frazier continued his brief progress through the 2020 60-game season with a .267 batting average, eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 39 games, 16 from the cleanup spot. Frazier was a finalist for the AL Gold Glove Award in right field after committing one foul in 53 chances (0.981 field percentage).

He hit a home run in Game 1 of the 2020 AL Division Series against Tampa Bay. But his vertigo problems surfaced the following year, and a .186 batting average in 66 games made him expendable at the end of the season.

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