Ulises Cabrera recently hinted the organization could be manipulating Andujar's service time.
"For him not to be playing Major League Baseball games at this stage of the year, especially after he's just demonstrated that he's still physically capable of giving higher-than-average production, it's extremely frustrating to not be suiting up every night in New York," Cabrera told The Athletic's Lindsey Adler.
"Although his dream from the very beginning was to do so in pinstripes, that doesn't take priority over just playing baseball. Miguel Andujar should be playing for a Major League Baseball team, and a Major League Baseball game, tonight."
Andujar has been back-and-forth between the Yankees' major-league roster and their alternate training site for much of the 2020 campaign.
General manager Brian Cashman said the team demoted Andujar on Tuesday because New York needed protection in the middle infield. The 25-year-old has been an outfield experiment for the Yankees after he lost the third base job to Gio Urshela.
Yet Cabrera believes the club demoted Andujar - who posted a 1.157 OPS in eight games over the last two weeks - in order to control him for a longer period of time.
"If I were the general manager for the New York Yankees, I would certainly want to do what's best for the New York Yankees and control the assets as long as I possibly could," Cabrera explained. "They said at the time that that wasn't the reason why he was being sent down. So, I guess we have to take their word for it. Right?"
However, Cashman noted that Andujar could still be eligible for Super Two status and enter arbitration this offseason.
Andujar finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2018 but has only appeared in 33 games since.