The New York Yankees made some important moves Sunday morning, making room for utility infielder Alberto Gonzalez to join the team in Kansas City.
The Yankees traded for Gonzalez on May 9, giving cash considerations and a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs in return for the infielder.
In order to get him on the 40-man roster, the Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 60-Day DL, meaning that he will likely be out for far longer than originally anticipated, with what must be yet another setback to his wrist injury.
The Yankees also placed shortstop Eduardo Nunez on the disabled list after not playing since last Sunday, a sore ribcage being the culprit. Gonzalez will take his place as Nunez joins the rest of the team on the DL, hopefully not for too long if they can retroactivate him and he heals quickly.
Gonzalez actually began his major league career with the Yankees in 2007, coming up in September with the roster expansion, but he didn’t stay for long. In his six years in the majors, Gonzalez has been on five different teams, and has spent alternating time in the minors when struggling.
He saw the most playing time with the Washington Nationals from 2009-2010, hitting three triples and 33 RBI in 2009, but his numbers are far from impressive in either the minors or the majors.
The righty has played the most games at short and second, but in his 133 total games at short in the MLB, which he will most likely be playing as a Yankee, he has committed 14 errors. Though this could be due to the fact that he did not play everyday at the position and is used to moving around the infield, it does not bode well for his defensive game.
Gonzalez has major league experience and can be useful to have on the bench in case something happens to Jayson Nix or Chris Nelson, who now must become an everyday infielder, but from what the numbers show his offensive output will likely be minimal, and we just have to hope that he can field the ball cleanly when in the game.
Overall, the deluge of injuries just seems to worsen everyday, and with the delayed returns of Derek Jeter and now Teixeira, the team will have to keep playing well with the players they still have.
Holly Berkowitz is a New York Yankees writer for rantsports.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyberry9118.