With Mark Teixeira out of the lineup, the Yankees are starting the newly acquired first baseman Steve Pearce at first base today (he’s batting cleanup too). To make room for him on the roster the Yankees are sending third baseman Casey McGehee to Low-A Charleston, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
It might sound weird, but it makes some sense. Typically when players are sent down to the minors there is a minimum wait of 10 days before they can be recalled back to the majors. However, in this case the RiverDogs are not in the playoffs so when their season ends McGehee can be recalled without the typical wait.
The Yankees had other options including the most obvious of putting Teixeira on the DL. He’s expected to be out at least one to two weeks so obviously Joe Girardi is hoping that he is ready before the 15-day DL stint would be up. With the rosters just about ready to be expanded though they must have figured this wasn’t necessary though.
Their other option could have been to send David Phelps down to Charleston. He just started yesterday so he’s not likely to pitch anytime soon anyway and then they could have just recalled him on Saturday when rosters expand. This seems like the most obvious answer since now the Yankees will be playing with a short bench.
As for Pearce hitting cleanup. It’s a bit of a surprise, but he’s done very well against lefties and the Yankees are facing lefty J.A. Happ. In 26 games this season, Pearce has hit .275/.345/.490 against southpaws.