If you’ve been following along with the blog this morning, the Yankees had made two separate transactions; one that doesn’t really affect the roster until Wednesday and one that affects the roster effective immediately. Vidal Nuno was sent to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy and Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment to put Bruce Billings on the 40-man roster.
Alfonso Soriano had been struggling this season and he was losing playing time to Ichiro Suzuki simply because he wasn’t hitting. The fact the Yankees needed a pitcher made Alfonso Soriano expendable.
“The taxing of our bullpen kind of forced us to make this move today, in a sense,” Joe Girardi said. “I’m not saying it wouldn’t have happened, but we decided we had to make it today.”
Alfonso Soriano was the ‘rise and fall’ story of the Yankees. He led the team for the last two months of the 2013 season after being acquired from the Cubs and he came out of Spring Training as the Yankees every day designated hitter. Unfortunately, he struggled out of the gate, Carlos Beltran ultimately secured the designated hitter spot due to injury and Ichiro outplayed Soriano. Girardi admitted it was hard finding a spot for Soriano to play, especially when there were players who deserved more playing time.
“It’s difficult because you’re not sure,” Girardi said. “Obviously with him not getting everyday at-bats this year, it was difficult. We came to spring training in a sense with five outfielders, then Beltran got hurt and he was playing every day. He never really got it going, he struggled against right-handers so Ich started getting more playing time. It’s just been tough.”
— Brandon McCarthy told the Arizona Diamondbacks reporters that he’ll start for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. So, mark your calendars if you’re interested in seeing this, which I know you are.
— When will the Yankees add a position player?
“A lot of it depends on what happens with our pitching the next few days because it’s just been so taxed. We get a day where maybe we don’t have to use the bullpen a ton yesterday, but we go extra innings. We’ve had that a couple times here. In this long stretch, maybe we’ll stay with an extra guy in the bullpen.”
— This just came in: Joel Sherman had confirmed the Yankees will call up Shane Greene to make the spot start tomorrow. Vidal Nuno was slated to start tomorrow but for obvious reasons, he won’t.