Kevin Russo just trying to stay healthy


Chances are, Kevin Russo won’t make the Yankees. The Yankees need a backup infielder who can play every position, and Russo has played just six games at shortstop during his minor league career. Beyond that, he has played just 161 games over the last two seasons due to injuries. While the Yankees thought well enough of him to place him on the 40-man roster and protect him from the Rule 5 draft, he probably needs another year of seasoning before he’s considered for a major league roster spot. You can get to know Russo a bit better, before he heads to the minors, in this article by Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune, Chad Jennings’s former paper. A healthy season could open a few more eyes in New York.

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  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Will he get some time at SS in Trenton, or are they giving up on his ability to play there? It would make him very valuable if he could pull it off.

    • Steve H

      If so he could be what we all hoped Wilson Betemit to be.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Trade bait for a career 120+ corner outfielder?

    • CountryClub

      You mean Scranton.

      I saw him play in person a couple of times and also have seen a few ab’s in camp. I really like his approach at the plate. He has a nice swing. But you’re right about SS. If he’s going to be a utility guy, he needs to be able to play there at a passable level.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Whoops, yes. Meant to say Scranton. My bad.

        (cracks open a humbling Pinstripe DFA IPA™)

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  • A.D.

    Could be a real nice utility guy with an actual decent bat off the bench.