With Andy Pettitte scheduled to return to the New York Yankees rotation on Monday, a player’s days in pinstripes are numbered. Looking at the roster, it seems likely that utility infielder David Adams will be the one sent to the minors to make room for the Yankee left-hander.
It’s been a long journey to the major leagues for Adams, who had several injuries that delayed his debut in the big leagues. Since joining the Yankees, Adams has displayed maturity at the plate, as well as a compact swing that has enabled him to drive the ball to all fields. Many Yankee fans have been pleasantly surprised by the talents of a prospect they’ve heard about for a few years. However, the Yankees roster is running out of room as veterans like Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira return from extended stints on the disabled list.
With their returns, the Yankees have an abundance of depth in the infield, likely forcing manager Joe Girardi and the Yankee brass to send Adams back to AAA. Outfielder Brennan Boesch would be the other candidate to send down to the minors, but that would leave the Yankees with only three outfielders, something they obviously can’t do. Lyle Overbay has been a revelation this season, and even though he can only play first base, he provides a quality left-handed bat off the bench for the Bronx Bombers.
Regardless, Adams has shown that he can play in the majors in the limited time he’s been with the big club. With an aging roster, it’s possible another injury will allow him to come back to New York, but even if that doesn’t happen, he’s acquitted himself well for the future.
B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports, you can follow him @coachlip.