The Rob Refsnyder Era was put on hold Sunday morning. Prior to the afternoon game against the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees optioned the 24-year old second baseman to Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 25-man roster for Carlos Beltran, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Refsnyder, who was born in South Korea and grew up in California, hit .167 with a home run and two RBIs in four games (12 at-bats).
"I wasn't promised anything," Refsnyder said after being sent down. "I wasn't expecting this, but I had a good experience, got my feet wet with quality pitching, quality defense, and quality hitting."
Refsnyder went 0-for-5 in the first two games against Seattle this weekend. His two hits came last Sunday against the Red Sox.
"It's really hard to judge a guy on 12 or 13 at-bats," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday's game. "I think his at-bats have been pretty good. I thought he put some tough at-bats on [Hisashi] Iwakuma yesterday, who can be very difficult on righthanders."
Girardi continued: "He's had some tough plays and he's been able to make them. He's a work in progress, there's no doubt about it. He's made huge strides since when we saw him in spring training at second base and we feel he'll continue to make them."