11 May 2006

Pending Pinstripes: Melky Cabrera, International League Player of the Week, Called up by Yankees

Yankees outfield prospect Melky Cabrera was named the International League Player of the Week for the first week of May. He hit .458 for the week with three homers and eight RBI, both of which led the IL, as did his 11 hits. For the season, Cabrera was hitting .385 for the season with four homers and 24 RBI. Cabrera had walked 10 times and only struck out nine in 31 games (122 at-bats). His .385 batting average and 47 hits were leading the International Leagueand his 24 RBIs were second in the league.

Cabrera picked a good week to get hot, at least for himself, as it so happened that Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield was placed on the Disabled List with a wrist injury that's bothered him since a collision with Shea Hillenbrand last weekend in a game against Toronto. With Gary Sheffield unavailable until May 20th, the Yankees decided to give Cabrera another shot in the majors.

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