When Melky Cabrera grounded out to end the top of the 6th inning last night he clutched at his left leg as he ran down the bases apparently after straining his left hamstring according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Now Melky’s status is in question as he is undergoing tests to determine whether it is a full tear or not. If that turns out to be the case then the Yankees are going to look to replace him on the World Series roster. According to Sam Borden of the Journal News, general manger Brian Cashman identified possible replacements as players already traveling with the team. That leaves the possibilities to Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Freddy Guzman, or Sergio Mitre.
With Melky out there is no chance that Mitre will be added to the roster, but since Brett Gardner is going to have to start in his place they’ll essentially be replacing him. That leaves Guzman as the most likely choice to be the pinch hitter off the bench, but with Jose Molina set to catch AJ Burnett one more time it could easily be Cervelli as well. Pena is a possibility, but remains unlikely since he doesn’t play in the outfield and isn’t as fast as Guzman.