It looks like the fame is over for Yangervis Solarte, as his major struggles at the plate have continued to the point where he needs to pack his bags and head back to Triple-A.
Solarte was a shocking surprise both to the Yankees and baseball. He had everyone convinced he was the real deal, as he opened up the season, hitting .303 in the month of April and .362 in the first half of May. The Yankees hoped that they may have found their new third basemen, but that went downhill rather quickly.
Since the second half of May, he is hitting a paltry .162. He went from the guy that we knew would get a hit when he comes to the plate, to a guy that we get scared to watch. The Yankees had hoped that he was just going through a slump, and he would work out of it. Their dreams clearly didn’t come true. All in all, it is time to pass the third base baton to someone else.
Kelly Johnson could be an option, as he has been hitting righties at a respectable .286 average. Solarte on the other hand, is hitting an embarrassing .074 against right-handed pitchers. Scott Sizemore could be another option. At this point, anything is more productive than Solarte right now.
The Yankees may have expected too much out of him, but now they are seeing that they might have been a little too eager with his playing abilities as his first year in the major leagues. With the halfway mark of the season coming tonight, the Yankees need to figure out who could fill in that role and help them win.