Sep
05

Zoilo Almonte starting rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton

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Via Mike Ashmore: Zoilo Almonte has joined Double-A Trenton for a minor league rehab assignment. The Thunder is in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs and are the Yankees’ only minor league affiliate still playing. They lead the best-of-five series one game to none, so they have at least three games remaining in their season.

Almonte, 24, hit .261/.305/.341 (75 wRC+) with one homer and three steals in 95 plate appearances for New York earlier this summer. He has been out with a sprained ankle since mid-July. The Yankees have five veteran outfielders on their current roster and figure to stick with them down the stretch, but having another bat on the bench in September is never a bad thing, particularly a switch-hitter. Almonte hit .297/.369/.421 (124 wRC+) with six homers in 293 Triple-A plate appearances before being called up and will give Trenton’s lineup a nice short-term boost in the postseason.

Categories : Asides, Injuries

12 Comments»

  1. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    .261

  2. Travis L. says:

    That sucks for Trenton’s competition! Good luck to Zoilo and hope to see him in the Bronx shortly. Gotta figure, what? 2 games at least?

  3. MannyGeee says:

    I would not be mad at a Zolio pinch runner down the stretch…

  4. dkidd says:

    dumb question: is there any way he comes up to the bigs this month?

  5. bob says:

    in other news… ibanez ties the SEA-KC game in the 9th with a HR… so clutch…

    • Travis L. says:

      I’m not pining over him. He could just as easily turned into a pumpkin this year after last years playoff performance. I’m ok with Cashman letting the risk fall on Seattle, who really don’t need clutch as much as they need talent.

      • Scott says:

        A useful spare part as a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner. With 3 catchers, for example, they more easily can send Zoilo to hit for Stewart whenever it’s a high-leverage situation or, frankly, to run for Stewart/Romine if they get on base in their 2nd at-bat or later.

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