Girardi prefers to keep Solarte low in the order

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Yangervis Solarte leads the team in RBI’s and average, so you would figure Solarte would bat higher than seventh in the order. Well, Joe Girardi is in charge of the lineup and at this point, he prefers to keep Solarte in the bottom portion of the lineup. Even in a National League park, Solarte will hit seventh.

“We’ve kind of kept him where he’s at,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re six weeks into the season. He’s been really successful. I’ve hit him sixth sometimes, I think I have him seventh tonight. We always talk about order, but right now that’s where I have him.”

Solarte has been a success story for the Yankees and their own diamond in the rough. He was a non-roster invitee who had little chance of making the team in Spring Training. Instead, Solarte was able to impress everyone with his bat, and it cost Eduardo Nunez his spot on the roster and his place on the team. Solarte has found his niche and has opened eyes, including the eyes of Girardi.

“Extremely remarkable (what he’s done),” Girardi said. “You look at what he’s done for our club, playing third, playing a few at short, he’s played second. He’s just done an incredible job and his at-bats continue to be consistent. In the beginning, he was swinging the bat really good left-handed, was struggling a little right-handed but he got his right-handed stroke going as well. He’s been really good from both sides.

Some Notes

Carlos Beltran took one-armed swings with his left arm today but he’s doing nothing with the right arm after having the cortisone shot on Monday. As of right now, the Yankees are playing the “sit and wait” game.

Ichiro Suzuki says his back feels much better today and he was able to workout inside. Yankees don’t know if he’s a pinch-hit option tonight, but this is optimistic news when days ago it seemed injuries were crashing down on this team.

CC Sabathia had his knee drained today and he will have a cortisone shot with stem cells in his knee tomorrow. There’s no time table for when Sabathia is slated to return.

Preston Claiborne, Matt Daley and Alfredo Aceves are unavailable today. I’m slightly surprised the Yankees didn’t call up a bullpen arm, but it seems they might use David Phelps if the need arises.

— Here’s today’s “Stat Pack” notes!

1) Yangervis Solarte leads the American League with a .336 batting average (fifth in the Majors, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki-.394 and Charlie Blackmon-.342, Philadelphia’s Chase Utley-.338 and San Diego’s Seth Smith-.336)… aalso owns a .412 OBP, which is third in the AL (trailing Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo-.457 and Toronto’s Jose
Bautista-.433) and ninth in the Majors.

2) Mark Teixeira leads the Yankees with 7HR and is tied for second on the team with 17RBI despite only having played in 24 games thus far this season.


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