The only word Joe Girardi could find to describe Stephen Drew's season is "strange."
"He has hit the ball out of the ballpark, he has played good defense. When I think he's coming out of it, he hits a bunch of line drives and they get caught," the manager said after Drew had an unusual night: coming in as a defensive replacement then hitting a home run that provided the difference in a 5-4 win over the A's.
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Drew has 12 home runs, but only a .179 average. So he was not arguing with the description. "You look at stats, you look at how many line drives get caught, it's pretty crazy. I've got to keep my head up and keep going because I'm having good ABs," he said. "It's very strange, to say the least."
Another oddity: the Yankees are 8-1 in games in which Drew has homered. His team will take it, and it will live with his 0-for-4 nights. "Tonight, that's a great at-bat on his part and that's a big home run," Girardi said.
Chase Headley did not play because of what he said was inflammation behind his right knee, which showed up on an MRI. The third baseman said it had been bothering him during the game Monday night, so he had it checked out. He said he was told it could be a Grade 1 strain or tendinitis. He hopes to get a clear prognosis in a day or two.
"I would be surprised if I would be able to play tomorrow," he said Wednesday night.
OF Ramon Flores and P Nick Rumbelow were sent to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make roster space for Andrew Miller and Jacoby Ellsbury, as they were activated from the disabled list . . . Aaron Judge, the 6-7, 275-pound outfielder promoted to Triple-A after an .866 OPS in 63 games for Trenton, ranked 13th in Baseball America's midseason list of all baseball prospects.
Aaron Judge, the 6-7, 275-pound outfielder recently promoted to Triple-A after having an .866 OPS in 63 games for Class AA Trenton, ranked 13th in Baseball America's midseason list of baseball prospects -- tops among players belonging to New York teams.