Just as the 2103 season was about to start Lyle Overbay found himself to be a man without a team, for a few hours at least. After he was let go by the Boston Red Sox he was quickly scooped up by the New York Yankees, and the low risk gamble has paid off for the Bronx Bombers.
Overbay isn’t conjuring up memories of Lou Gehrig with his play, but he has had a few solid games for the Yankees and Friday night may have been his best yet. He collected four hits, a single, two doubles and a home run in five at bats. He drove in five runs and scored a pair in an 11-6 Yankees win over the Kansas City Royals. His impressive night at the dish brought his batting average up to a respectable .264.
Overbay will have to hold down first for a couple more weeks and then Mark Teixeira will likely return. The good thing is that with the way Overbay has played there is no reason for Teixeira to rush back. Instead he can make sure he is completely healthy and be prepared for the long haul.
It will be interesting to see where Overbay fits in if and when the Yankees get healthy. If Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis return, Chris Nelson is likely out of a job, but do the Yankees keep Overbay or Jayson Nix on the roster? I would guess they would go with Nix because he can play more than one position, but we can cross that bridge when we arrive at it. With the way things have gone in 2013, the Yankees aren’t likely to ever be completely healthy.