After last night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Joe Girardi pulled Stephen Drew aside and informed him Rob Refsnyder was coming to the Major Leagues. Girardi said he told Drew before addressing the media because he didn’t want Drew to get blindsided with questions. The reason Drew could be the go-to guy with questions after the Refsnyder call-up is an obvious one; Drew hasn’t exceeded the Yankees expectations and Refsnyder is possibly their future.
Drew has hit for power and has played good defense, but his average is well below the Mendoza line. Drew doesn’t know exactly how he’ll fit when Refsnyder comes up, but he did say he was extremely happy for Refsnyder and couldn’t wait to see him play.
“Hopefully, we’re here to win,” Drew said. “Whatever’s going to help us win, that’s what we’re going to do. So hopefully, he’ll come up, and I know how it is when you first get called up. It’s going to be fun for him, and hopefully in his first at-bat or whatnot, he can get a hit and add that first one. I remember mine. It took me nine at-bats. So hopefully he’ll adjust soon. I think he’s good. I saw him in spring training, he’s a great player and a good hitter, so looking forward to him being here with us.”
The initial reaction to Refsnyder making the club was possibly Drew seeing more time on the Yankees bench, especially since Girardi all but confirmed Refsnyder was going to be with the team beyond the All-Star break. The move of Refsnyder coming up could mean the Yankees are ready to make a transition at second base. Or maybe the Yankees are showcasing Refsnyder with the possibility of a trade (the trade deadline is less than three weeks away, and the Yankees have been tied to a few players on the trade market).
Refsnyder’s move won’t impact Drew right away–there’s a possibility Drew could play third base with Chase Headley nursing a knee injury. But as of this moment it’s hard to tell if the Refsnyder move is the Yankees envisioning him being their new second basemen–or if he could be a new trade piece to bring them back a starting pitcher.