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Cairo doing more than expected

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 17, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_111867.jpgMiguel Cairo played in 17 of the first 55 games of the season. Six of those appearances were as a pinch runner. He was 2 of 16 at the plate.

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 he’s a good player. We also know we may be pushing the envelope a little bit,” Joe Torre said yesterday. “He’s been a regular player earlier in his career, but of late he’s been more of a support guy. We’ll sort of take his temperature on a regular basis. But he’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.

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