Let me just get this out of the way. At the risk of beating a dead horse: If the Yankees had signed Carlos Beltran, none of this would have ever happened. There, I said it. Enough. There's no use a-looking at spilt milk. The Yankees didn't sign Beltran. They were roundly criticized during the off-season all over the Internet. But it was hard not to think about this front office gaffe after reading this morning's papers.
In an effort to shake the team up, the Yanks are making some position changes: Robinson Cano is being called up from Columbus to play second base; Tony Womack will move to left field; Godziller Matsui shifts from left to center, and Bernie Williams moves from center to the bench/DH. As a result, Steve Karsay has been designated for assignment, and is likely to be picked up off of waivers. In addition, Randy Johnson will miss at least one start with a tender groin, and could be sent to the DL. Andy Phillips will likely be shipped down to Columbus today to make room for Double A starter, Sean Henn.
Matsui is the team's best option in center field right now. I don't think anyone can be surprised, or even dismayed to see Bernie finally move into a part-time role. As much as it saddens me to see him toward the end of his career, it's what is best for the team. The official reason for the move is that the tendinitis in Bernie's right elbow has effected his fielding. For his part, Williams handled the move with dignity:
"This move is to show everybody that nobody is indispensable," Williams said. "Everyone is expendable on this team. At least that's how I see it. You've got to prove yourself every day or else you will be replaced. All I have to do right now is make myself available, working hard. Hopefully, they'll have the confidence to put me back out there."
"I guess these guys want to win," Womack said. "So do I. So, go play and do what you've got to do.
"I'm not going to make a big deal out of it. I'm just going to go play, chase the ball and throw it to the guy closest to you."
I can't complain about seeing Cano get a chance to play second, but Womack in left field is a problem. The Bombers will get roasted over this one, and I figure, critics will say it serves the team right. However, it's unlikely that the Yanks won't end the season with Womack as their everyday left fielder. A trade will be made. With what, your guess is as good as mine. Right now, Bernie, Giambi, and eventually, Sierra will split time at DH.
I can't imagine anyone has any feelings about this. Yo, you may fire when ready, Grizzly.