4:02pm: Brignac has indeed been designated for assignment with Gonzalez taking both his 25-man and 40-man roster spots. Joe Girardi indicated Gonzalez will be a true backup infielder with Jayson Nix and David Adams playing shortstop and third base on an everyday basis, respectively.
3:30pm: The Yankees have apparently replaced Reid Brignac with Alberto Gonzalez, though there has been no official announcement from the team. Brignac is not listed as an active player on today’s lineup sheet — Gonzalez is — and was seen saying goodbye to teammates in the clubhouse. Pretty good indication the move, which I advocated earlier this week, has been made. Probably just a simple designate for assignment plus call-up, but we’ll find out soon enough.