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Yankees to call up Gardner

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According to an article in his hometown paper [2], the Yankees have called up OF Brett Gardner. A second source confirmed it at 1 a.m.

Gardner was at .287/.412/.429 through 80 games for Scranton. He had three homers, 29 RBI and 34 stolen bases.

It’s too late to call Brian Cashman for further information on this. That will come later today.

It’s uncertain what the corresponding move will be. Joe Girardi said today that they planned to keep three catchers.

I don’t believe anybody is injured, but that is certainly possible. The Yankees have no apparent use for Alberto Gonzalez. Gardner also could replace Justin Christian.

Girardi said today that he planned to use Wilson Betemit as the DH in place in Hideki Matsui. But Gardner would be an intriguing No. 9 hitter because of his speed.

Or maybe the Yankees simply aren’t thrilled with Melky Cabrera (.249/.315/.357) in center field. Cabrera has been regressing offensively for the last two seasons and was 2 for 16 in the Mets series.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: This is a very interesting move on several fronts. Gardner is the kind of outfielder the Yankees usually don’t have in that his best weapon is his speed and ability to get on base

Gardner is an aggressive type of player, the kind of guy who purposely slaps it on the ground, beats the throw to first, steals second and scores on a single. Gardner is charitably listed at 5-10, 180 and was a walk-on as a freshman at the College of Charleston. By his senior year he hit .447 and led his team to 48 wins and into the NCAA tournament.

I watched him play a lot in spring training and at Scranton a few weeks ago. There’s a chance he’ll get overmatched. But there’s also a chance he’ll add a burst of energy into the offense. I would imagine he’s coming up to play, otherwise they’re stunting his development.