With Mark Teixeira coming off the disabled list on Friday and David Robertson coming off on Tuesday, the Yankees have to make some roster moves to put their players back on the field. The question lingering is, who would get sent down for Teixeira and Robertson?
Mark Teixeira: For the purpose of this exercise, Yangervis Solarte is not an option to send down–he’s played far too well for the Yankees. With Solarte off the board, it would come down between Dean Anna and Scott Sizemore. Anna offers defense and is a solid backup shortstop on days Derek Jeter needs a rest, but Sizemore has shown more offensively in just a few games (and he plays first base well for a guy who’s never played there before). My bet is Anna is sent down tomorrow when it’s time for the Yankees to activate Teixeira.
David Robertson: The roster move for Robertson is a little trickier. I would have said Cesar Cabral but Cabral was designated for assignment last night and Matt Daley was called up. It’s possible the Yankees could send Vidal Nuno to Triple AAA following tomorrow’s game, simply because he won’t be able to pitch for a few days. The Yankees could also send Matt Daley down but the move wouldn’t make much sense since Daley would only be here for two days. There’s no clear cut move for Robertson but in the end it could be between those two.
Brendan Ryan: Ryan’s not coming back for another two weeks or so, meaning we don’t have to worry about Ryan just yet. However, that moment will come eventually, and roster spots suddenly don’t appear guaranteed meaning Solarte’s roster spot might not be as safe when it comes to Ryan. If Solarte has a terrible two weeks, the Yankees could send him down or it could be whoever is left between Anna or Sizemore. Above I predicted Anna would be the one sent down, so here I’m going to predict Sizemore is the one off the roster–not because Sizemore has played poorly (he hasn’t). It’s just that there’s too much talent and not enough room for all of them. So, this could be a difficult, unfortunate cut should the Yankees choose to make it.