Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No Roster Moves Imminent for the Short-handed Yankees

With fourth outfielder Aaron Hicks and DH Alex Rodriguez day to day with nagging injuries, the Yankees played Monday’s series opener against the Rangers with a 23 man roster. Manager Joe Girardi’s bench options are currently limited to two, backup catcher Austin Romine and utility man Ronald Torreyes. Not exactly a ton of flexibility there. Still, the team managed just fine in yesterday’s 3-1 victory. Girardi took the opportunity to give Carlos Beltran a partial day off at DH, with Dustin Ackley taking over right field duties, a position where he had played two professional innings coming into Monday’s contest.

 Following the game, Girardi expressed confidence that no moves would be necessary to accommodate the injuries, telling reporters, "I don't think either one will be on (the DL). I'd be surprised, unless something happens in the next couple of days. I think they're both making really good strides." He also mentioned that A-Rod could be available as a pinch hitter as soon as this series.

 Neither injury has been given a firm timeline, but the team obviously hopes both will improve given a few days rest. Only time will tell if this is the right call. If one or both players eventually is forced to take a DL stint, all of this scratching by with an undermanned squad will have been for nothing. With Nick Swisher and Aaron Judge both raking for Triple-A Scranton, it’s kind of a risky move.

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