Just spoke to Brian Cashman, who said the Yankees doctors will be evaluating Melky Cabrera in the coming hours to determine the extent of Cabrera’s injury. It’s believed Cabrera could have suffered a full hamstring tear during Game 4, and according to MLB rules, the Yankees are allowed to petition for a roster change if they believe Cabrera won’t be able to play for the rest of the series. The player added would be “someone with the team here,” Cashman said, though he wouldn’t speculate on names.
That would seem to limit it to Francisco Cervelli, Freddy Guzman, Ramiro Pena and Sergio Mitre. If Brett Gardner starts, which is most likely, than Guzman could be added as the pinch-runner off the bench, though you could certainly make a case for Pena or, particularly tonight with Molina likely to start, Cervelli. We’ll update as we know more.
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: Chad here. I just checked with Gardner, but he hasn’t heard anything about Cabrera or about playing center field tonight. “Don’t know anything,” he said.