As if the news of Vidal Nuno being traded to the Diamondbacks wasn’t enough, the Yankees have made another move.
The New York Yankees have announced that Alfonso Soriano has been designated for assignment. The move clears the 25-man and the 40-man spot for Bruce Billings, who was called up last night from Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Joe Girardi said that Billings isn’t going to start for the Yankees tomorrow and never thought about who would start, considering he thought Nuno was going to take the mound tomorrow.
Girardi seemed absolutely solemn during the pregame press conference (I’ll have more notes on that in a bit) about letting Soriano go, stating that it’s hard to tell a player they’ve been designated for assignment. He applauded Soriano’s professionalism, but he stated the move was made because of Soriano’s offensive woes.