Yankees recall Golson, option Melancon


Update (6:01pm): Melancon has indeed been sent to Triple-A.

12:46pm: Via Donnie Collins, the Yankees are expected to call up outfielder Greg Golson (who is already in New York) today to replace the injured Curtis Granderson. Mark Melancon will likely be the 25-man roster casualty following Sunday’s two inning, 27-pitch outing. Golson’s call up is an unsurprising move not just because we heard it was coming over the weekend, but because the Yanks don’t have another true centerfielder on their roster beyond Brett Gardner.

The 24-year-old Golson is crazy fast and a defensive whiz, but he’s not much with the stick. In 21 Triple-A games this season, he’s hitting .253-.289-.430 with twelve strikeouts, four steals, and just three walks. He won’t be used for much more than pinch running and late-game defense.

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  1. Stryker says:

    how soon before melancon becomes the 2nd reliever to suffer from the Chris Britton Memorial Shuttle? or has he become just that?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Who currently in the pen is he better than? I’d rather have him than Park or Mitre, but they seem cast as multi-inning relievers, with Mitre being the long man.

      He’s clearly not better than Mo, and I’d rather have Joba/Robertson/Aceves/Marte over him. He’ll have to wait until Park or Mitre is gone, or a longer term injury gives him a chance to showcase his stuff.

  2. Jamal G. says:

    Granted it’s a SSS, that -204.6 UZR/150 in center field scares me.

  3. pat says:

    Wow, it’s pretty surprising he has even spent any time in the majors at all. He’s never really done much in the minors except hit 13 HR with a .258/ .299/.344 for Philly’s AA team back in 2008.

  4. A.D. says:

    Golson can now take the 2010 Randy Winn, last man on the bench seat.

  5. RR says:

    Golson? Good Lord, what a bench: Randy Winn, Greg Golson and Ramiro Pena. Not one true ML stick, even if you combined all three.

  6. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    To say that Randy Winn is not a “ML stick” is, with a h/t to TSJC, batshit insane.

  7. Mister Delaware says:

    Eh, atleast this is more fun than Bubba Crosby or Justin Christian. At worst, Golson provides them with a capable PR (almost 80% SB efficiency in the minors) and defensive replacement. At best, something clicks working with Kevin Long. Longshot indeed, but atleast there’s potential upside.

  8. I like this move, provided he doesn’t get to bat a whole lot. I’ll enjoy some Gritty Gutty Greg Golson

  9. Steve H says:

    Too bad Cash wasn’t smart enough to bring in Darnell McDonald…..

    But seriously, this is what Golson is here for, and like Mister Delaware said, at least there is some upside there. It’s better that he’s 24 than 34, because maybe something happens and the lightswitch turns on. Not probable, but considering his age and pedigree as a former 1st round pick, there’s a chance.

  10. JM says:

    I am curious to see how back-to-back Gardner Golson in the lineup. If they both get on base the opposing pitcher will take 5 minutes between pitches.

  11. Frank says:

    What about another catcher? Are Yanks going with just Cerv for the next couple of games (assuming Posada is back by Friday)?

  12. vin says:

    Golson is a nice guy to have as the 5th OFer/25th man on the bench. He does two specific things very well. Speed and Defense. Which is perfect for a guy in his position.

    Of course he would get exposed quickly if he gets too many ABs, but that’s not likely to occur.

  13. Jammy Jammers says:

    Will his plate appearance music be ‘Whisper Not’ or ‘Blues March’? ‘I Remember Clifford’?

    /jazz nerd’d

  14. And I’d go with “Blues March,” personally. “I Remember Clifford” might be too depressing

  15. I wonder what this means about Posada? If the Yankees thought he would miss a few games, I was expecting that they would demote Melancon and call up a catcher until Jorge was ready to play. With the promotion of an outfielder, either Jorge is fine or a DL stint is forthcoming. It seems more like that latter.

  16. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    Nick walks, Golson PR’s. Do it for every last NJ at bat, and there’s a good chance Greg won’t get up to bat again. And maybe we get three bags out of it!

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