It might not have made a difference, but last night would have been a good time for the Yankees to have Marcus Thames. With a left-hander on the mound, Thames could have started at designated hitter and beefed up the lineup a little bit. Instead, he was in Pawtucket.
Assuming he came through running drills with no problems on Tuesday, Thames is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tonight. That puts him a few games from rejoining the big league roster.
Thames season numbers started to drop when he was forced into everyday duty, but he’s still hitting left-handers to the tune of a .302/.412/.442 slash line. A lineup with Jorge Posada at catcher and Thames at DH would look pretty good against left-handed starters, and the Yankees remaining games before the all-star break are against Seattle, Toronto and Oakland, teams that have at least two lefties in the rotation.
As it stands, the Yankees have to play with at least one of Francisco Cervelli, Kevin Russo, Ramiro Pena, Chad Huffman and Colin Curtis in the lineup. No doubt those five have stepped up to help the team, but it’s an inexperienced group with two of the five primarily known for defense, and adding a platoon bat like Thames will bring some much needed pop.
Speaking of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…
I went over there late Monday night to see some of my old friends, but before I met up with them, I stopped by PNC Field where Dustin Moseley had been pulled from his start with no reason given. Manager Dave Miley could only say Moseley is healthy. It seems that the Yankees are trying to make a decision on what to do with him before the out in his contract kicks in on Thursday. Moseley went through his usual pregame routine before finding out he wasn’t pitching, so the decision skip him wasn’t planned for very long before it happened.