It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Clint Frazier

Urshela's return imminent; Britton, Schmidt progressing

May 8th, 2021

NEW YORK -- has made the full-extension "Superman" catch into his new signature, leaving his feet for a stunning grab that robbed the Nationals’ Josh Harrison of an extra-base hit in Friday’s 11-4 loss.

After the play was complete, Frazier gestured as though he were Clark Kent revealing an "S" on his chest. Frazier made a similar snag on April 25 in Cleveland, stealing a hit from the Indians’ Jordan Luplow, and his manager believes that Friday’s effort was Frazier’s best yet.

“I thought [Friday’s] catch was terrific,” manager Aaron Boone said. “When that ball went off the bat, I thought, ‘That’s a gapper.’ For him to be able to close in on it, lay out and make that play -- the play in Cleveland got a lot of talk, but this play to me was actually significantly better.”

According to Statcast, Harrison’s barreled drive off Yankees right-hander carried an expected batting average of .770. After Frazier thudded to the turf, Harrison continued circling the bases, flashing a bemused grin.

By comparison, Luplow’s April 25 drive in Cleveland -- which earned Frazier a "Play of the Week" nod -- had an xBA of just .210, calculated by measuring how often comparable balls in terms of exit velocity and launch angle have become hits since Statcast was implemented league-wide in 2015.

“I thought it was a really special play,” Boone said of Friday’s grab.

Getting closer
(left knee stiffness) is continuing to improve, according to Boone, who said that the infielder could return to the lineup on Sunday or at the beginning of a road trip that begins Tuesday. Urshela received an MRI after injuring the knee making a sprawling stab at third base on Thursday.

“He’s doing pretty well this morning,” Boone said. “I don’t know if he’ll be in there [Sunday] or not, but I continue to be optimistic that this is a day-to-day thing. We’ll get through today and what he’s able to do, but he’s doing a lot better.”

Comeback trail
• Left-hander (left elbow surgery) tossed a bullpen on Friday that incorporated sliders, according to Boone. Britton will throw once more in the bullpen on Tuesday before appearing in his first simulated game since the March 15 procedure. Assuming that goes well, Britton would begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

• Right-hander (right elbow strain) has been tossing at distances of 90 and 100 feet to build arm strength, according to Boone. Schmidt’s next step would be to throw from a mound.

Down on the farm
Estevan Florial homered twice for Double-A Somerset on Friday, driving in four runs in the Patriots’ 10-2 victory over Harrisburg. Florial is the Yankees’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 23-year-old is 5-for-15 (.333) with two doubles, three homers and five RBIs through four games.

“Flo has a lot of people in the organization that are really pulling for him,” Boone said. “I think he’s an All-Star-caliber talent. He’s a guy that can legitimately play center field, can fly, power to all fields. He certainly has all the tools to be a special player. It's about putting those together and now having it show up in performance and consistency.”

This date in Yankees history
May 8, 2010: Mark Teixeira joined Lou Gehrig on the short list of Yankees to hit three homers in a game against the Red Sox, going deep in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings of a 14-3 victory at Fenway Park.