BOSTON - Yankees fans who have clamored to see Rob Refsnyder the last two years will get their wish. With the Red Sox scheduled to throw lefty starters Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the righthanded-hitting second baseman -- the club's top infield prospect -- will be called up Saturday morning and start the next two games. "He played well in spring training,'' Joe Girardi said. "He's a young man that's been on our radar. Let's see how he does.''
Refsnyder, 24, impressed scouts throughout spring training with his bat but not so much with his glove, and his minor-league season has played out as such.
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He entered Friday with a .290/.387/.413 slash line, seven homers and 37 RBIs in 81 games and was 14-for-34 in his last 10 games. He also had 13 errors, but only two since May 23. Said Girardi, "We've heard that he's improved and he's making strides. We're going to find out.''
Stephen Drew, who said he didn't take the call-up as a referendum of his play, is looking forward to watching him. "I think he's good," he said. "I saw him in spring training. He's a great player and a good hitter, so I'm looking forward to him being here with us."
Headley to break early?
Chase Headley said he felt good enough to play Friday night, but the Yankees kept him out a third straight game with a sore right calf.
With the All-Star break starting Sunday night, why not just keep him sidelined the next two games to give him a full week off?
"That thought has crossed our minds," Girardi said. "But we'll continue to evaluate and see where we're at."
How does Headley feel about that? "I can't say that's a bad option," he said before adding: "As a player, you're always itching to go. When you feel good, you want to play, and that's where I'm at."
Beltran ready for rehab
Carlos Beltran, on the DL since July 1 with an oblique strain, said he'll begin a rehab assignment in Tampa next week and hopes to join the Yankees after the break. "Right now I'm pain-free, but I haven't played in any games," he said. "Once I play in the games, we'll have more of an idea where I stand, but right now I feel physically good."