Stephen Drew‘s days as the Yankees every day second basemen have come to an end–at least that’s what Joe GIrardi implied during his pregame press conference. With Rob Refsnyder on the roster, the Yankees plan to use Drew’s defense all over the infield and will try to get him in some games where his power will come in handy. Long story short, Drew’s gonna be a utility player.
“He’s been as good as anyone I’ve ever been around in handling all of this this season,” Girardi said. “We talked about what he needed to do, the different spots that he played, and he talked about just trying to help this team win. He’s been great.
“We want him to be able to play all three positions, second, short and third. We’ve asked our middle infielders to be able to do that if you want to give Headley a day off, if you want to give Didi a day off, obviously he’s going to play some second as well. Those sort of things. He’s prepared to go in anywhere.”
With Girardi speaking of Drew’s job with the team, it doesn’t seem like Drew will be the move the Yankees make when they activate Carlos Beltran off the disabled list tomorrow. It seems they’ll either remove Garrett Jones (who hasn’t played much), Brendan Ryan (who’s been hurt a lot) or even a reliever.