One other thing that may have affected the choice, however, is the fact that the Yankees aren’t carrying many outfielders on their 40 man roster at the moment. Other than the major leaguers listed as outfielders, Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa are the only replacements that could be recalled at the moment. Dewayne Wise is on fire at the Triple-A level, yes, but he’d need to be added to the 40 man roster to come up now and then designated for assignment when Gardner is ready to return. If it’s going to be a short term issue for Gardner, it’s probably not worth the possibility of losing some of your roster depth now to get an extra below average big leaguer on your bench for two weeks.
Unfortunately, this puts the Yankees in a bit of a tough spot where their lineup is concerned, as they still need a starting leftfielder every day, and the only guys available to fill that roll are Andruw Joness and Raul Ibanez (or perhaps Eduardo Nunez, depending on how willing the Yankees are to give him playing time in the outfield), and there are obvious limitations to both.… Click here to read the rest