Brian Cashman was on The Michael Kay Show on Thursday and indicated that it was likely the Yankees would carry 11 pitchers and also made it sound like Brett Gardner had a good chance to make the roster.
There were some other indications — Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Yankees have informed Casey McGehee that he will not be on the playoff roster. There was also Joel Sherman of the NY Post who reported that Jayson Nix, out with a hip injury, has been taking at bats and could be a possibility.
With that information, the roster will probably look like this:
14 position players – Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Curtis Granderson, Eric Chavez, Chris Stewart, Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez, and Andruw Jones.
That probably means that Jones beat out McGehee for that spot off the bench against lefties. Believe it or not, but Jones (.197/.294/.408) actually has better overall numbers compared to McGehee (.217/.284/.358) this season, but McGehee has been better against lefties (a .745 OPS vs. a .705 OPS against southpaws respectively).
Chris Dickerson might be better than both, but the Yankees probably didn’t give him a ton of consideration since he has historically struggled against lefties.
Nix would probably replace either Jones or Nunez if he is healthy enough to play.