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Today Joe Girardi discussed his decision to keep lefty Damaso Marte on the roster for the ALCS instead of bringing Brian Bruney up from the workout camp in Tampa:
“We decided to stay with Marte, looking at (Kendry) Morales as a guy you like turning around,” Girardi said. “(Chone) Figgins is a guy you like turning around. On a day like today, when Bobby (Abreu) follows Figgins, that scenario might come up.”
Girardi said that Eric Hinske was disappointed when he was told that he had been replaced by pinch-runner Freddy Guzman for the ALCS.
“He was, but Hinske’s a pro,” Girardi said. “I told him, ‘We’re going to keep you here and we’re going to keep you going, because we want you ready in case something happens or in the next round.”
The Yankees made a roster move earlier Monday, promoting speedy outfielder Freddy Guzman from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In a corresponding move, right-hander Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Guzman might not get a whole lot of playing time, save for the odd pinch-running appearance and defensive duty, but the Yankees are watching him closely. Joe Girardi said the scouts ranked him at about a 70 on the traditional 20-80 scale used to gauge speed, and since he was acquired from the Orioles on August 31, Guzman would be eligible to be used on the postseason roster if they want to. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing Guzman popped into a few games.
Yes, the Yankees already have a speedy outfielder who could pinch-run in the American League Division Series. His name is Brett Gardner. But it never hurts to take a look.
By the way, a little strange to only have the Angels here for one game, but it is a good chance for the Yankees to see how they stack up against a tough team. Girardi spent a lot of the pregame fielding questions about possibly facing the Angels next month. He acknowledges that this is a club that likes to put pressure on pitchers and push the envelope.