Randy Winn was not caught off guard today. He knew Curtis Granderson was coming off the disabled list, and he knew someone had to come off the roster. Joe Girardi told Winn he was being designated for assignment, and Winn was not surprised.
“Not at all,” he said. “A move was going to have to be made. Curtis was coming back. I played terrible. It fits.”
After building a career as an everyday player, Winn never seemed to find comfort in a bench role, but he said that wasn’t a factor. “I don’t think that’s an excuse,” he said. “I just didn’t play well, period.”
The Yankees chose to dump Winn in favor of Kevin Russo, who emerged as a replacement in left field and can now slide into a super utility role.
“He’s played well and he gives us a ton of versatility,” Girardi said. “When we looked at that, we thought it made sense to keep Roose.”
Here’s Randy Winn talking about what could not have been the best day of his life.
• Robinson Cano and Tony Pena went to the wake for Jose Lima in New York today.
• Jorge Posada is not longer wearing a protective boot, but the Yankees want to meet with Dr. Ahmad before deciding when Posada can resume baseball activities. “He does feel better but before we let him do a lot, we want to sit down with Dr. Ahmad and see what the next course of action is,” Girardi said. Posada got a second MRI, but the team doesn’t have those results yet.
• Alfredo Aceves got a second epidural today. “(The first one) didn’t take the way we wanted it to,” Girardi said. “Obviously he’s not where we want him to be, so you give him another.”
• Russo will not be used as a defensive replacement in the outfield. That’s probably the most noticeable thing the Yankees have lost in Winn. “I’m comfortable with Swish out there,” Girardi said.
• Girardi said he might not keep Granderson in the No. 2 spot in the lineup against left-handers, but he didn’t say who might takeover that spot. He did seem to take exception to the idea that Brett Gardner was running less because he was in the No. 2 hole. “Gardy is aggressive wherever he plays and he’s been told to be aggressive,” Girardi said. “But when you have guys that are 1.2 to home, Gardy is not one of those guys that’s just going to run to run. He’s going to be wise about his decisions. He’s not a guy that plays out of control.”
• Girardi considers Granderson to be ready to play every day, but he might give him a game off against one of the lefties they’re facing in the next few days.
• Chad Moeller will not be catching Phil Hughes for the first time, but he said he expects this to be a different version than the Hughes he caught in 2008. “He’s more aggressive now,” Moeller said. “He’s grown up more.”
• Francisco Cervelli was going to take either tonight or tomorrow off, and Girardi decided to give him today because the team got in so late last night (a little before 5 a.m.).
• Same deal with Alex Rodriguez, who was due for a day off and Girardi decided to give him a full day because of the travel last night. Rodriguez acknowledged that he’s felt “not real good” at the plate lately. “Sometimes you stink it up for no reason,” he said. “I’ve just been a little inconsistent, just fighting it a little bit.”
• As expected, it was awesome to see Shelley Duncan, who nearly knocked me down. Duncan got his World Series ring in the mail, and said he feels like he fits in better with his father and brother, each of whom already had one. “I love these fans here,” Duncan said. “They’re the best. I truly mean it.”
Associated Press photos of Russo and Cano.