With Brett Gardner out with a broken thumb, the Yankees need someone to split time with Melky in centerfield. While prospect Austin Jackson is clearly an option, it seems silly to rush him up when he needs regular playing time. Shelley Duncan has been hammering the ball all season, but he’s a poor fielding corner outfielder; the Yankees need someone who can man center.
Well, luckily when the Yankees sent Ramiro Pena back down, they did so with the intention of him learning centerfield. Looks like they made a good decision. Calling Pena up gives the Yanks a ton of versatility, as we know he can also play a very good infield. Gardner shouldn’t be out that long, so really Pena would only be a temporary. And he only needs to give Melky a break probably once a week.
Tough break for Gardner who has been having a nice season. The pressure is on Melky now to recapture some of his early season form.