24 May 2006

Pending Pinstripes: AAA Columbus Team Report, 5/24/06

It's been a game of musical chairs for much of the Clippers roster for the last month. Injuries in New York's outfield corps have led to the promotions of Melky Cabrera, Kevin Reese, Mitch Jones and Terrence Long. Jones was optioned back to Columbus without getitng an at-bat, while Long has gotten eight of them, which in my opinion, is nine too many. Reese is 2-for-5 in New York after having hit .257 in Columbus. When Bubba Crosby returns from the DL, Reese will likely be sent back down as well.

Cabrera has played well in New York so far, and will probably get to stay there for a while, as Hideki Matsui may miss the rest of the season recuperating from a broken wrist. He's hitting .306 in New York after hititng .385 for the Clippers.

Also promoted recently were Soctt Erickson, who was 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Columbus before his call-up, and Colter Bean. Bean was 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 26 relief innings (18 games) for the Clippers prior to his promotion, though he's allowed two runs in two innings for New York, and was designated for assignment to make room for Gary Sheffield. I'm hoping that the designation doesn't mean that some other club will get him, because I would really like to see what he can do in the majors, but I fear that this may be the end of his tenure in Yankee Pinstripes.

The gaps in the AAA outfield have been filled by Jason Conti, Rob Stratton and Long, before his promotion.

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