Yankees recall Kevin Russo; Posada still out; Cano in

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Via Ben Shpigel, the Yankees have recalled infielder Kevin Russo to help out as injuries thin the roster. The corresponding move hasn’t been announced, but we can safely assume Nick Johnson will be placed on the disabled list with a sore right wrist. The 25-year-old Russo has hit .302-.383-.425 with Triple-A Scranton this year, and he’s played every position except left field, first base, pitcher, and catcher.

The Yanks needed an extra infielder with Robbie Cano hobbling, and Russo also brings a little extra versatility to the table. Joe ran through the team’s roster options this morning.

Update by Ben (12:17 p.m.): While we don’t yet have further details on the extent of their injuries, Joel Sherman tweets that both Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada are out of the lineup today. Cano’s day off isn’t much of a surprise, but Posada’s is. The catcher yesterday seemed to express the belief that he would play today, but it appears that his calf isn’t up to par yet. Even though the Yanks could really use his bat, Joe Girardi is sticking with his plan to rest Posada today. Both Jorge and Robinson — who says he’s feeling better despite a slightly sore and swollen knee — expect to be back tomorrow.

Update (1:14 p.m.): Per Mark Feinsand, Cano may play after all. The Yanks’ second baseman is going to take a few swings in the cage and get some treatment on his sore left knee. If he’s feeling OK, Girardi will slot him into the lineup as another lefty against Clay Buchholz. We think it might be wiser to give Cano a day off, but if the Yanks feel he won’t jeopardize further injury by playing, the team could use his bat.

Update by Mike (1:19pm): Just to tie a bow on it, Johnson is in fact on the disabled list.

Update by Ben (1:59 p.m.): Our 15-hour national nightmare is over: Robinson Cano is in the lineup as the Yanks’ DH. That is, if rain doesn’t cancel the game. Stay tuned.

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  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing Russo in the bigs for a while. Of course, I’d rather it not happen like this, but it’s still good to see.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Welcome to the show, Russo. Hope you become an instant hero.

  • ryan

    i go to school just outside of boston.. its raining like hell here

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I know we shouldn’t expect much form his bat, but I’d love to see how it translates in the show!

  • poster

    He an “all glove, no bat” type?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      No. He’s a utility guy with decent glove. He’s a good hitter with great on base skills. Unfortunately he just doesn’t have much power.

      • poster

        Ah, gotcha.

    • pat

      He’s more an all bat, not so much glove type.

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Would it make more sense to start him over Pena? With Cano, Johnson, and Posada out of the line up, he might bring a bit more offense then Pena

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It would be nice to toss out the “D” line-up to beat Boston though.

      • Neil B.

        Posada should be back in the lineup today (assuming it’s not rained out), so I think it makes more sense to play the guy who’s been on the major league roster all season. Besides, the conditions are gonna be pretty horrendous today, so having the better glove is more important than a marginal upgrade in hitting.

        I’m surprised the Yankees didn’t already recall Golson, though. There’s no need for both Logan and Robertson on the roster right now (certainly Robertson could use a brief MiL stint to fix a few things) – and what if one of the outfielders gets injured? Lose the DH spot?

        Seems pretty terrible.

        • Neil B.

          1. And – of course – Sherman just tweeted that Posada’s out of the lineup another day. Ugh, that’s a weak lineup.

          2. Just realized that Russo is probably the backup outfielder in case one of them goes down. . .ugh #2. He’s an infielder who plays the OF in a pinch. Less than ideal.

          Looking forward to a lineup with Winn, Gardner, Pena, Cervelli, and Thames. Maybe JoeG will even decide today’s “house money day” like Torre used to do and give Jeets or A-Rod an off day.

  • bottom line

    Guys like Russo tend to flash surprising power at Fenway

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Ha funny you mention that. I was just looking at Russo’s and Dusty’s trip slash in the minors.

      Dusty’s last year in AAA:
      305/384/426

      K-Russ this year in AAA:

      302/383/425 (It’s only 27 games so this is just for fun)

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Does Russo hit “rockets”? Are we, as Yankee fans, going to enjoy a “laser show”?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Before you get too excited, keep in mind that Pedroia was 22 during his last season in AAA, and Russo is 25. Big difference.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Are you trying to tell me that hairline was only 22?

          • Pat D

            Theodore Denslow, dead at 85.

            His hair piece was 24.

            /BASEketball’d

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Like I said, the comparison was just for fun’s sake. Russo is the man though. I expect him to do good things.

          • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

            Honestly, I expect him to do nothing and then get sent down for Miranda or Moeller as soon as Cano is back in the lineup.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Kevin is one of my favorite players because he’s the only one who accepted my friend request on Facebook.

    I hope he does a great job.

    • pat

      And he’s from LawnGuyLand!!!

      • RL

        Yup. Then moved to Boulder, CO. Not far from me, as I moved from LI to CO. Maybe I’ll be the next call up :-)

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I’ll booo your ass if you screw up. So watch it.

          • RL

            I’ll leave it to Russo. He’ll have a better run than me for sure.

  • Hey ZZ

    Girardi didn’t want to risk trotting Posada out there w a wet field. Will DH first before returning as a catcher.
    7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    Posada tried to lobby Girardi to get in the lineup. It didn’t work out too well.
    4 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    “The weather is not cooperating with me today,” said Posada, who believes he would have been in the lineup today if wasn’t raining.
    5 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    • pat

      An extra day;s rest can’t hurt. That’s the beauty of being 20-8.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    So is this the C lineup?

    • Neil B.

      Nah, C lineup would require Russo to start at 2nd and Pena in place of A-Rod at third.

      . . .and a recalled Golson starting in place of Swisher, just for good measure. Two lineup regulars FTW.

      • pat

        Heh, that lineup wouldn’t even be allowed in Spring Training….

        …and would still have a chance to beat Boston.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Golson starting for good measure would be quite the trick considering he’s been optioned back to AAA.

  • JSquared

    Too bad Posada probably won’t catch today… Cervelli Appreciation Thread??

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    With the short bench, they should have CC DH for himself. Once (if) he comes out, he can be replaced by Thames.

    /only half kidding

  • Neil B.

    Hmm, if Cano feels good enough to be in the lineup – why not DH him? That way you still have a backup IF and a backup OF, you keep Winn’s bat out of the lineup (although, given the conditions, perhaps it’s wiser to keep Winn’s glove in LF) – and if he ends up being too sore at any point during the game you can just plug in Winn (who can then be moved to LF as a LIDR after the DH spot comes up).

    Just an idea.

  • DJH

    Cano being in as DH is great news and not because of 1 game. This means he must not be hurting.