Yanks exile Shelley to AAA


Shelley Duncan, the once and former wunderkind, has been sent back to AAA. Alberto Gonzalez has been recalled to provide more flexibility off the bench over the next few weeks. As the Yanks are planning on holding on to both Chad Moeller and Jose Molina until they get to Pittsburgh, the timing on this move seems to suggest that Duncan will come up again when a third catcher goes down. Brett Gardner is, of coures, the wild card there.

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  1. kingshaffy says:

    Please tell me that Cano will be on the bench for a few games. So sick of him.

  2. Jamal G. says:

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    I still don’t think we will be seeing Brett Gardner when the team drops the third Catcher.

  3. Mike A. says:

    Great. With Shelley is Triple-A, this team has no energy or spark. Just great.

  4. joba says:

    whats up with garcia….whats his injury?

  5. Adam says:

    not only did shelley get optioned today, be he also lost to joba in mini-golf on the most recent yankees on deck. bad week, huh?

    • Chip says:

      Yeah I saw that, Joba shot a 17 over 18 holes (he managed to get the ball in both the 17th and 18th holes with only one shot)

      I really need to stop with the Joba jokes

  6. devin says:

    i really think they only sent himdown because they want to carry 3 catchers and they want to get shelley some at bats cuz hes not gettin any wit the big club. im hoping for not only shellys sake but for the yankes as well that he goes down and mashes so when we do get him back in a week or 2 hes ready to swing the stick for the big club..

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Like the first time he was sent down to Scranton this season, killed the ball, got a shitload of at-bats when he was called back up and still sucked????

  7. Luigi says:

    i said it before the season started and ill say it again, yanks should have traded shelley while his value was sky high after last seasons performance

    • Jamal G. says:

      1. You can not make a comment like a team “should have” made a personnel move because you don’t know what they did or did not do and you have no idea what other teams in baseball were thinking about Shelley Duncan.

      2. The Yankees need a RHB with some pop, they found some success with Shelley Duncan and wanted to see if it would work. Thus far it has not, how can you blame the Yankees for taking that course of action?

  8. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    When are the Yankees going to recall Kevin Maas?

  9. bkight13 says:

    They should definitely call up Gardner when they send Moeller out. Some speed on the bench and see what he can do in the majors. A few weeks in the bigs off the bench won’t hurt his development and it will probably help.

    • whozat says:

      “A few weeks in the bigs off the bench won’t hurt his development and it will probably help.”

      All it will do is deprive him of opportunities to hit. How could it help?

      If he’s just going to get a few weeks, call him up in September.

      If you just want a speedster who can play OF and don’t care if he hits or not, get Christian.

      • Chip says:

        Gardner could be helped by the fact that that major league pitchers are better. Some guys put it all together when they get called up, it’s happened before. Maybe he has to make an adjustment because they’re pounding him inside and that’s the adjustment he needed to make to take his hitting to the next level

        BTW, Christian has a .337 OBP this season to Gardner’s .410 and Gardner has stolen significantly more bases. These guys are to the age where they’re not going to develop a whole lot more so you take the better of the two.

        • Mike A. says:

          Christian’s also missed a whole bunch of time with 2 DL trips (one was a viral infection, the other was some kind of injury).

        • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness says:

          Also, when you’re on base 41 percent of the time and hit near the top of the order you get a lot more opportunities to steal a base. I wish there were a readily available statistic tracking stolen base attempts per times on base but you can almost figure it out on your own from a regular stat line. All you really miss out on are exchanges of baserunners from fielder’s choices and reached on errors.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach says:

          Some guys when they get called up do worse.

  10. TU says:

    I’d bring up Christian. Let Gardner continue to develop because whoever comes up is going to rot on the bench ala Shelly. The other advantage of Christian is that in a pinch, he can play 2b. That opens the possibility of running for Cano without having to wast 2 players.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach says:

      Is Cano slow too? Wow. How is he a major leaguer? He can’t hit, he can’t field, he’s slow, he’s a terrible teammate, he eats candy behind Giardi’s back, he doesn’t cover his mouth when he sneezes or coughs, he’s the Knicks new GM, he made Strahan retire, and he ruptured Sean Avery’s spleen with the power of his mind.

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