LADY AT THE BAT: The Gardner Era Begins?

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Gardner Era Begins?

According to published reports, Brett Gardner, the Yankees' highly-touted centerfield prospect, has been called up from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He's scheduled to be in uniform tonight at The Stadium when the Yankees take on the Texas Rangers.

There's been no official announcement from the Yankees, but if this is true, what will the corresponding roster move be? Here are some possibilities:

Designate catcher Chad Moeller for assignment.

Designate pitcher LaTroy Hawkins for assignment.

Option infielder Alberto Gonzalez to Triple-A.

Option outfielder Justin Christian to Triple-A.

Of all the scenarios above, I think the last one is most likely. Last week in Pittsburgh, the Yankees were scheduled to face 3 lefthanders in a row. With Hideki Matsui (now on the DL) and Johnny Damon both nursing injuries, the Yankees needed a stop-gap for the outfield. They called up the right-hand hitting Christian to fill the gap. Starting tonight against the Texas Rangers, the Yankees will be facing three right-handers in a row. Brett Gardner is a left-handed hitter. I'm guessing Christian will be sent down.

Another scenario that will not happen, but that a lot of Yankee fans hope will, is that Melky Cabrera will be benched or platooned with Brett Gardner. I'm not saying that this will never happen. I'm sure it'll be a possibility down the road, especially when Matsui comes off the DL. But, I'd be floored if it happened now. So, all you Melky haters out there will just have to keep watching the Melkman for the time being.

The Lady

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