Ramiro Pena Replaces Melky on WS Roster

According to Sam Borden of the Journal News, the Yankees have removed the injured Melky Cabrera from their World Series roster and have replaced him with utility infielder Ramiro Pena.

This move actually comes as some surprise as it seemed that both Freddy Guzman and Francisco Cervelli were more likely to be added. Chad Jennings had some good insight to the move though. He said that because the Yankees now view Jerry Hairston Jr. as the forth outfielder that they are almost replacing him as the team’s backup infielder.

Jennings wrote: “Guzman would have given the Yankees a pinch runner to replace Gardner off the bench, but he’s never going to play right field — he’s done it roughly a dozen times in his career – and if there’s going to be a defensive switch in the late innings, it’s either going to be in right field or to improve the throwing arm in left. Hairston does both of those better than Guzman.”

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