On Saturday, Joe Girardi implied Rob Refsnyder would be the everyday second basemen and Stephen Drew would be the utility man off the bench. On Sunday, Brian Cashman and the Yankees surprised everyone when they announced Rob Refsnyder was the corresponding move for Carlos Beltran coming off the DL, sending the young second basemen back to Triple-A where he was pretty much in a league of his own offensively. So why did the Yankees option Refsnyder when a four game sample size is too small to determine if he was Major League ready or not?
The answer was simple–at least to manager Joe Girardi; He has faith Stephen Drew can provide offensive production despite Drew hitting .181/.255/.306 this season.
“He [Drew] had a pretty good month in June when you look at his OPS numbers,” Girardi said. “July, he hasn’t played a lot, the numbers are OK. Since that time that we gave him three or four days off in Oakland, he’s kind of turned it around a little bit. We just felt that, we’re in first place, and Stephen Drew has played a part in that, and we play a lot of games at this ballpark, and this ballpark is favorable to him, and we were going to stay with him for now.”
The Yankees seemed to like Refsnyder’s offense, but they were a bit iffy with his defense, which also factored into the reason he was sent down. But the Yankees admitted they liked what they saw, and they want Refsnyder to continue perfecting his craft at the minor league level.
“Just continue to improve,” Girardi said. “Understanding the position, continue to make little adjustments. I thought he did a really good job considering the situation we put him in. In Fenway Park, that’s not the easiest place to start. But we believe he’s going to be here for a long time, and for right now, we’re going to stay with the guys we got.”