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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  • Stryker

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

    • Accent Shallow

      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.

      • mike c

        park has been actually pretty good when he doesn’t get all the runs, he’s a nice complement to aceves

      • whozat

        Isn’t he better than Boone Logan?

        • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty


          Now I’m just going insane …

          • bexarama

            heh, are you the one who really likes Boone Logan? Kind of funny considering your name =P

            • Thomas

              Boone Logan is a switch pitcher!!!! B-Ref just has it listed wrong just like with Granderson.

            • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

              Well, I am obviously a huge Boone Logan fan. I honestly don’t really know why I use this screen-name. Maybe I’m talking about Gabe White or Felix Heredia or someone.

              • Ana

                It’s because you’re weird. I know this because I live with you.
                (It’s true, he’s my brother.)

        • Accent Shallow

          I completely forgot about Logan. Regardless, we’re talking about a guy who isn’t clearly better than anyone in the pen except the long man. (And Logan is a lefty, so again, we’re talking about different skillsets)

  • Jamal G.

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

    • Mike Axisa

      It’s 13 innings. He’s saved 63 runs in 375 games at CF in the minors coming into this year according to Total Zone.

      • Jamal G.

        I’m disappointed that you thought I was serious.

        • Mike Axisa

          DFA me.

  • pat

    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.

    • Steve H

      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.

  • A.D.

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

  • RR

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

    • Steve H

      If they were true ML sticks, they’d be starters.

    • A.D.

      But some great ML glove & speed.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Reply fail.

      DFA IPA me.

      • Steve H

        Hey, if you can’t tell in 16 AB’s whether a guy is an ML stick or not, that’s on you.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I’m guilty as charged. I’d pretty much declared Winn’s time of death about two weeks ago.

  • Mister Delaware

    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.

  • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

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

    • Mike Axisa

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

      Fixed that for you.

      • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty


    • Mister Delaware

      Oooo, you’re not going to be happy. Greg Golson is Athletic, not Gritty.

      • Mister Delaware

        Dammit, Mike.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          He had to make up for losing his touch with Jamal’s comment.

  • Steve H

    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.

  • JM

    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.

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I’d be fairly shocked if he got on base more than 30% of the time, but yeah, it could get really dicey for the pitcher. We should sign Usain Bolt of the Oakland Raiders don’t get to him first.

  • Frank

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

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Looks like our new backup-backup catcher is…Ramiro Pena? AJ Burnett?

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        aj burnett cant pitch to aj burnett because burnett is a terrible defensive catcher.

  • vin

    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.

  • Jammy Jammers

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

    /jazz nerd’d

    • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty


  • Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

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

    • Jammy Jammers


  • The Captain’s Blog

    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.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    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!