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Yankees send down Andujar, promote Fowler

Carter back from Triple-A; Bird moved to 60-day DL
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CHICAGO -- One day after making history as the first Yankee to collect three hits and four RBIs in his Major League debut, Miguel Andujar was led into a private room in the visitors clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field for one of the Yankees' most difficult conversations of the season.

Andujar was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre amid a flurry of roster moves that also saw the Yankees promote outfielder Dustin Fowler to make his big league debut on Thursday, batting sixth and playing right field against the White Sox. Fowler is ranked as the Yanks' No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

CHICAGO -- One day after making history as the first Yankee to collect three hits and four RBIs in his Major League debut, Miguel Andujar was led into a private room in the visitors clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field for one of the Yankees' most difficult conversations of the season.

Andujar was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre amid a flurry of roster moves that also saw the Yankees promote outfielder Dustin Fowler to make his big league debut on Thursday, batting sixth and playing right field against the White Sox. Fowler is ranked as the Yanks' No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

"I think four days in a row we've called up a 22-year-old kid, and they've all seemed to do pretty well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll keep doing it."

Video: Top Prospects: Dustin Fowler, OF, Yankees

New York also brought back a familiar face by recalling first baseman Chris Carter from Triple-A, placing first baseman Tyler Austin on the 10-day disabled list with what Girardi called a "high grade strain" of the right hamstring.

Outfielder Mason Williams was designated for assignment while first baseman Greg Bird (left ankle bruise) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Despite Andujar's impressive debut, Girardi said the Yankees want him to continue playing third base on a regular basis, an opportunity that did not exist at the big league level. Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are likely to take turns at DH, limiting Andujar's potential at-bats.

"I really believe this will not be the last time that we see him," Girardi said. "We felt, let's finish him off down there. The way things are going, he could be back tomorrow. We look at him as an everyday third baseman in the future. Again, we want to make sure we get that finished off."

Fowler will be the ninth Yankee to make his debut this season, tying the Reds for most in the Majors. Girardi said he plans to play Fowler in all three outfield positions. An 18th-round pick in 2013, Fowler was batting .293 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 70 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He was pulled from the first of two Triple-A games Wednesday at Syracuse, prompting his mind to race about a callup or possible trade.

"No one knew anything," Fowler said. "I sat there both games, just head going crazy. At midnight, I finally got the call. Glad I finally got it. I didn't really know what way it was going to go or what was happening. A lot of things can happen at this point of the year. You just never know."

Carter was designated for assignment on Saturday, accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A after he could not find an opportunity for consistent at-bats elsewhere. The 30-year-old has hit .204 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 57 games after leading the National League with 41 homers last year.

"It's definitely crazy how this game works. Anything can happen," Carter said. "I'm fortunate to be here again and ready to get back at it."

Bombers bits
Left-hander CC Sabathia (left hamstring strain) threw about 50 pitches over three innings in a simulated game on Thursday and proclaimed himself ready to rejoin the big league rotation. Girardi said the Yankees would wait to see how Sabathia feels when he wakes up on Friday.

"I'm ready. We'll have to see what they say, but I feel like I'm ready to go," Sabathia said.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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