Yankees recall Kevin Russo; Posada still out; Cano in


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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  1. Drew says:

    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.

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

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

  3. ryan says:

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

  4. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

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

  5. poster says:

    He an “all glove, no bat” type?

  6. Arman Tamzarian says:

    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 says:

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

      • Neil B. says:

        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. says:

          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.

  7. bottom line says:

    Guys like Russo tend to flash surprising power at Fenway

  8. 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.

  9. Hey ZZ says:

    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

  10. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So is this the C lineup?

    • Neil B. says:

      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.

  11. JSquared says:

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

  12. Steve H says:

    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

  13. Neil B. says:

    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.

  14. DJH says:

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

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