In the wake of Francisco Cervelli‘s recent hamstring injury that has forced him onto the disabled list, the Yankees have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy to replace him. Murphy is expected to back up starter Brian McCann on the roster. After playing seven games in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Murphy is only batting .192, with three extra base hits in 26 at-bats. Additionally, Murphy only batted .077 in all of spring training, meaning that the backstop is called up for his defensive prowess. He has thrown out half of the ten runners who have tried to steal on him. Additionally, John Ryan has 16 games of MLB experience, in which he has batted .154, with only 1 XBH. Maybe Brian McCann will have some powerful advice for the youngster.
This also shows the lack of faith the team has in Austin Romine. The 25-year-old played 60 games last season, and wasn’t overwhelmingly impressive, with a .207 batting average and gunning down only 21 percent of basestealers. Romine was actually on the roster this season, but has been sent down to Triple-A.
Additionally, the Yankees have called up second baseman Scott Sizemore from the minors. After batting .316 in spring training, the Yanks sent him to the farm, where he responded vociferously, vowing to return for a shot it the Majors. Since the beginning of this season, Sizemore has crushed the ball in Scranton, with 11 hits thus far. Drafted by Detroit in 2006, Sizemore first cracked the big leagues in 2010. He was a starter with the Oakland Athletics in 2011, but unfortunately suffered a torn ACL training for the 2012 season. After rigorously rehabbing, he has made a nice recovery, and will return to the Majors, making this a nice story. He has 14 home runs in 160 career contests.