Yankees sign former Mets OF Chris Young
DETROIT - The Yankees signed outfielder Chris Young, released by the Mets earlier this month, to a minor-league deal Wednesday in a classic low-risk move.
"He hasn't played in a couple of weeks [Aug. 7], but it's a guy who's had some success in his career,'' Joe Girardi said. "He's a very good outfielder, a guy that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, so we're going to see what we have.''
The Mets, who signed Young to a one-year, $7.25-million deal last offseason, didn't have much with the 30-year-old.
Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 88 games before being released Aug. 15. He homered off Preston Claiborne in a 9-7 Mets victory May 12 at the Stadium.
With the minor-league regular season ending Monday, expect Young to be among the Yankees' September call-ups.
Brett Gardner returned to the lineup after missing three games with a bruised right ankle.
"I think I'll be fine,'' Gardner said before testing the ankle in batting practice. "I expect to be.''
The red-hot Jacoby Ellsbury (16-for-36, .444, in his previous nine games) stayed in the leadoff spot and Gardner hit eighth. Girardi said that had more to do with Gardner's career numbers against David Price (2-for-20) than something permanent.
"It would be a different lineup ,'' Girardi said.
Gardner shrugged off hitting eighth.
"Doesn't matter to me,'' he said. "I'm just glad to be back in the lineup.''
Girardi takes Challenge
Girardi took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS before the game, and in conjunction the Yankees made a $100,000 donation to the ALS Association.
"I lost an uncle to ALS just recently, in April, my uncle Ralph, so it's been on my mind,'' Girardi said. "Lou Gehrig is a person that I wish I would have met. I think this is a really good thing that's been started here and it's bringing a lot of attention to ALS.''