MLB: Yanks can replace Melky with Pena

Major League Baseball has approved the Yankees’ request to replace the injured Melky Cabrera on the World Series roster with infielder Ramiro Pena.

The 25-year-old Cabrera suffered a slight strain of his left hamstring while running out a sixth-inning groundout in Game 4 of the Fall Classic on Sunday and manager Joe Girardi said he was “very limited” on Monday, as the Yankees look to defeat the Phillies and finalize their first title since 2000.

MLB postseason rules provide that injured players can be replaced during the World Series if the severity of the injury, as determined by MLB, is such that it would require a disabled list assignment during the regular season. Had this been the regular season, Girardi said that Cabrera would have been out of action for “maybe a couple of weeks.”

“He had an outstanding year,” Girardi said. “I thought he grew up a lot this year, he matured as a player and became dangerous from the right side as well as the left side. He did so many good things for us. He was the start of the walk-off hits, really. It’s unfortunate.”

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