He started playing every day on June 5 and has gone 12 of 41 (.293) with three runs, four RBI and four stolen bases. He hasn’t been Albert Pujols, but he is certainly better than they had any right to expect.
How long can it last?
“We know heâ€™s a good player. We also know we may be pushing the envelope a little bit,” Joe Torre said yesterday. “Heâ€™s been a regular player earlier in his career, but of late heâ€™s been more of a support guy. We’ll sort of take his temperature on a regular basis. But heâ€™s really been very important for us.”
If nothing else, Cairo is much better defensively than Josh Phelps. Anything he does with the bat is a bonus.
You have to expect the Yankees will go get somebody next month. Calling up Andy Phillips might not be a bad idea. He’d be more useful than Phelps or Chris Basak.