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Back in 2005, I was dabbling with shooting photos at the Minor League games I covered. I’m no professional and the camera certainly wasn’t great, but typically we’d be able to use them online. Sometimes they’d even make it into the magazines we produced. Anyway, I was going through some old files last night and plucked out a few faces that are now very familiar.
Via Chad Jennings, Shelley Duncan will get another chance in the big leagues and has been summoned to Chicago for tonight’s game. There’s the right-handed bat the Yankees are looking to have in stock as the White Sox hurl three straight lefties at them for the rest of the weekend.
Here are Duncan’s stats this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Repeating from a previous post…
It looks like the Yankees will have a roster move to make today,
finally trimming their pitching staff from 13 pitchers to 12 and
calling up a position player now that Phil Coke’s sinus infection has subsided and Alfredo Aceves is available to pitch.
They want a right-handed bat because the
White Sox are throwing lefties the next three days, so if that move
comes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, take your pick from Shelley
Duncan, Ramiro Pena and perhaps Austin Jackson if they intend to play
As for a trade? If I had to wager right now, I’d bet against. But never say never.
Alfredo Aceves had not even picked up a baseball in four days because of his fatigued right shoulder, but the Yankees reliever made 20 throws off a bullpen mound and also long-tossed at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. He said the ball was “jumping out of my hand.”
“I feel great,” Aceves said. “Today in the morning when I woke up, I felt strong in my shoulder. I thank God.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he would probably not use Aceves on Wednesday but that he should be available on Thursday at Chicago, allowing them to consider dropping one of their 13 pitchers and make a move to add a bat off the bench.
Girardi said that the Yankees are “much closer” to addressing that move either Thursday or Friday. The preference is to add a right-handed bat for that series. Shelley Duncan’s name has come up in that discussion, but it is not the only option.
Shelley Duncan is back with the Yankees and back in the lineup, playing right field today. Judging by the force with which he shook all of the reporters’ hands, I’d say it’s safe to say he’s happy to be back. There was a stretch there where he single-handedly destroyed International League pitching. Duncan said playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was like playing for a Triple-A All-Star team.
The corresponding roster move is Billy Traber, who’s been sent to Triple-A. With Traber out, the Yankees will lean on their right-handers to retire left-handed batters, something that Girardi believes they will be able to handle. The Yankees opted to keep both Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton – recalled Friday – for those purposes.
Albaladejo has retired 12 of 14 lefties (.143) faced this year in the big leagues, while lefties were hitting Traber for a .375 (6-for-16) mark. The Yankees need a reliable hurler against lefties, especially with Kyle Farnsworth (.438, 7-for-16) and LaTroy Hawkins (.421, 8-for-19) appearing vulnerable.
Morgan Ensberg checked in with a guest blog over on Phil Hughes’ site. Ensberg is a funny guy, as you’ll see, as I would expect of a fellow Ron Burgundy aficionado. Still wondering about his rowboat question. By the way, I absolutely love these old-school retro Indians uniforms. I’m waiting for Rocky Colavito or Bob Feller to show up on the field.
One last item. For the second day in a row, the printed lineup sheets the Indians provided list the Yankees leadoff batter as “Jhonny Damon.” That’s how you know you’re in Cleveland.
Alberto Gonzalez is here tonight, having been summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s in the lineup tonight and the Yankees have optioned Shelley Duncan to Triple-A — something of a surprise since Morgan Ensberg apparently rolled his ankle on Monday.
The Yankees did have one bit of good news as Jorge Posada’s MRI came back relatively clean. Derek Jeter played catch today but right now it’s Jose Molina and Alberto Gonzalez as your starting catcher and shortstop, respectively.
I spent some time talking today with LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins went to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum today with his mother and nephew, who “loved” the place. Now that MLB is allowing players to wear No. 42 again on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, Hawkins plans to join Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera (of course) in wearing the number later this month.