A possible explanation for Ransom
There have been a lot of e-mails filtering in about Cody Ransom — specifically, why he was kept on the team Saturday and Shelley Duncan took the cut to add Jerry Hairston, Jr. to the roster.
A lot of us here in Chicago were wondering the same
thing, since Hairston was acquired for a utility role, which is what Ransom was doing for the club. Matters weren’t helped much when Joe Girardi started Ransom at first base, only to watch him go hitless in what was generally an all-around poor 14-4 loss for the Yankees.
Girardi has pledged a certain amount of loyalty to Ransom for what he contributed in 2008. And there’s no question that this has been a tough year marked by injury for Ransom, who – remember this? – was the Yankees’ Opening Day third baseman and actually had a pullout poster in the first gameday program at the new Yankee Stadium.
The plan, as far
as we can tell, is that Ransom would stay on the roster until Brett
Gardner returns from his fractured left thumb. As for Duncan, his silver lining should be that he’s on the 40-man roster and could be back up in the big leagues this year.