Jul
16

Miranda back up; Russo back down

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Juan gone to AAA no longer. | Photo credit: Kathy Willens/AP

The Yankees have recalled Juan Miranda from AAA Scranton and have sent Kevin Russo back to the minors, reports Ben Shpigel. Miranda is in the lineup tonight as the Yanks’ DH, and he will be batting eighth against Tampa’s James Shields.

For the 27-year-old Miranda, this is his second stint in the Bronx this year. In his previous stay, he hit .217/.294/.435 with a pair of home runs in 51 plate appearances. Recently back from a minor injury, he had been on a tear at AAA over his last ten games, hitting .459/.545/.838 with three home runs and eight doubles. On the season, his minor league line is .291/.380/.509 with 10 home runs in 175 at bats. He certainly can mash the ball.

Russo has long been the Yanks’ odd man out. He made a splash during the Subway Series in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Mets in May and, a few days later, helped down the Twins 3-2. Since then, however, he hasn’t hit or played much at all. He’s had just 28 plate appearances over the team’s last 36 games, and he’s just 3 for 24 in that span. He’s far better off getting regular playing time in Scranton than he is warming the bench in the Bronx.

For Miranda and the Yankees, this could be a semi-permanent move until or unless the team finds a true DH, and it could also be a trade showcase. If the Yanks want to make a move in a few weeks without selling the farm, Miranda could be the perfect trading chip. It could also spell the end to Francisco Cervelli‘s playing time as well because the Yanks would prefer to use Jorge at catcher while Marcus Thames and Miranda share DH duties. Either way, this is a move that was a long time coming.

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46 Comments»

  1. MrJigginz says:

    YAY!

  2. Crack Ho Phan says:

    i’ll miss russo’s 185 avg..

  3. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, what details could there possibly be?

  4. steve says:

    I know he won’t for a little bit because of the 40-man roster, but I’d love to see Jorge Vazquez get a shot soon.

  5. Mike from South Beah says:

    It is about time.

  6. mike c says:

    dingers!

  7. Kiersten says:

    Who’s Kevin Russo?

  8. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    this could be a semi-permanent move until or unless the team finds a true DH

    Juan Miranda IS a true DH!

    • …who can hit Major League pitching.

      Like, you know, Adam Dunn, a guy the Yankees would, in the words of Ken Rosenthal, “love to have.”

      • Steve H says:

        I’d like to see Rosenthal standing next to Dunn.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

        I guess that’s true. After 60 at bats, they know what they have in Juan Miranda.

        • Point for Andy.

          As much as I’d love for the Yanks to stick Miranda into the lineup for three weeks in a row, I’m on the pessimistic side of his ability at the Major League level. Lots of Ks. Lots of inability to hit good breaking pitches. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong. For now, I’m happy he’s here and playing, especially if it means less Cervelli.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

            I’m with you on this. He didn’t look horrible earlier this year. All he cost the Yankees was a bus ticket from Scranton.

          • mike c says:

            on the other hand though, if he gets a couple big hits right away his potential trade value will be higher. can’t leave the guy in AAA if you have the roster space and want to use him as a trade chip

          • Rose says:

            And in place of “Kevin Russo” is a no brainer. It’s certainly a step up from Russo no matter how you look at it.

  9. theyankeewarrior says:

    Hopefully Juan will message Albie with tips on how to successfully defect from Scranton

  10. bonestock94 says:

    Just dropped McLouth for him. I have a hard time letting go of my early picks.

  11. JoeC says:

    Remember in the offseason when the idea of Juan Miranda as the Yankees DH was considered a big joke? Now we’re pumping our fists that he’s been called up. Funny how baseball works. It would be great if he mashes like he has been in SWB.

  12. Steve H says:

    Russo needs to go down to the minors and learn all 8 positions. That way he can make an All-Star game as the utility player, regardless of how much he sucks.

  13. I like it…until we get Dunn!

    /not holding breath

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