Monday, June 30, 2008

OF Brett Gardner Called Up!

Brett Gardner, New York YankeesAccording to the Times and Democrat, The New York Yankees have called up speedy outfield prospect Brett Gardner.

In 80 games with Triple-A Scranton this season, Gardner was batting .287 with three home runs, 29 RBIs, 34 stolen bases and had a .412 on-base percentage. His play and injuries to New York outfielders Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui opened a door in the Bronx Bombers’ outfield.

Sunday afternoon, Gardner’s big-league dream came true when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley called him into his office and informed him that he had been called up to the team’s parent club, the New York Yankees.

“It really hasn’t set in yet,” Gardner said as his team traveled back from it’s game against Buffalo. “Absolutely, it’s a dream come true. Growing up as a little kid, you get older, and you realize how far away it is. It really hasn’t set in yet, but I think (Monday) when I get there it will definitely happen.”

Gardner is scheduled to drive from Scranton to New York Monday and be in uniform for the Yankees 7:05 p.m. series opener against the Texas Rangers.

UPDATE: Brett Gardner will be batting in the leadoff spot tonight. Justin Christian was the player optioned to make room.

Gardner went 0-for-3 in his Yankees debut.


Anonymous said...

Yes! This is a call up I've been waiting for. I hope it's not to showcase him for a trade though.

Tim said...

It's about time... Melky has been killing us at the plate.

If Gardner can get on base and cause havoc with his speed, this will be a great move.

matt said...

I love this Brett Gardner glamor shot!

tim said...

I'd now trade Melky in a deal for Fuentes.