We’re going to see if the Brian Gordon era lasts just one day or more.
Brian Cashman spoke about the machinations involved in bringing the 32-year-old converted outfielder and 15-year minor-leaguer here to start today. The Phillies sent out a major-league-wide memo last week about Gordon’s availability because he had an opt-out at Triple-A coming on Wednesday and they had no room for him on the major-league staff. The Yankees’ scouts had not seen him this year. So Cashman got film on him and had Gene Michael, Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild look at it.
“Everybody was like, ‘This guy looks like he can help us,’ ” Cashman said. “I’m not afraid to take a chance.”
The Yankees sent Lance Pendleton down to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster and released Amauri Sanit to make room on the 40-man roster.
Cashman compared Gordon to Darrell Rasner, Dustin Moseley and Aaron Small, not overpowering but able to command his pitches.
Girardi said this should be Gordon’s mind-set: “I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I have a tremendous opportunity to make some starts for the New York Yankees.”
Cashman said he’s mixing and matching right now with the staff, and that he’s put the word out that he’s looking for incremental upgrades and significant upgrades. He said he hadn’t yet looked into the just-released Scott Kazmir, but indicated that he would, although he said he knows Kazmir has struggled and isn’t throwing like he used to throw.
The GM said he doesn’t want to rush prospects before their time.
Cashman was brutally honest as usual when it came to the backup catcher situation. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing seven of the last eight games. Francisco Cervelli, who has struggled offensively and defensively, had subbed for him. Cashman wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero to play. That’s why he isn’t being brought up to back up Martin and get occasional DH at-bats.
“Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said.
Martin’s back seems to be better.
“The difference now is I am good,” Martin said. “Before I was just saying I felt good. Why? Because I wanted to play.”
Jorge Posada is in the lineup as the DH against the lefty C.J. Wilson because he’s going to be a pinch hitter for perhaps all of the next road trip, six games in NL parks where there will be no DH. Girardi wanted to keep him in the swing of things.
Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba has created a stir the last two nights, accusing the Yankees of trying to tip pitch location to the hitters from second base, according to Andruw Jones. Torrealba said something to Mark Teixeira on Tuesday and then yelled at Jones at one point Wednesday during a mound visit.
“He was yelling at one of our guys and I don’t appreciate that,” Girardi said.
Jones said Torrealba was just trying to make excuses for the staff getting pounded.
“Guys get paranoid,” Teixeira said.
Cashman expects Eric Chavez to return the second or third week of July and Rafael Soriano to come back right after the All-Star break.
Girardi said new reliever Cory Wade could be in the fifth-, sixth- and seven-inning mix.
Girardi said he’s looking forward to the coming trip to Chicago to visit his ailing dad.
“He’s not doing too well,” Girardi said.