CHICAGO - Dustin Ackley is good with whatever and wherever. "I'm just going to move all around and take balls everywhere," he said. "Try to help us any way I can. This team hasn't needed much help lately."
The utilityman, acquired from Seattle in exchange for minor-leaguers Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez on Thursday, joined the Yankees before Friday night's game against the White Sox.
Ackley, 27, chosen second overall by the Mariners in the 2009 draft, played mostly second base for Seattle before Robinson Cano came aboard for the 2014 season. Ackley, who has not lived up to his high-pick status, had a .215/.270/.366 slash line, six homers and 19 RBIs in 85 games with the Mariners this season. Most of those games (63) were in leftfield, but he also can play center, right, second and first.
That versatility was the reason the Yankees picked him up and dumped Garrett Jones, a popular clubhouse figure who was designated for assignment Friday. "I think it gives Joe Girardi more flexibility from the bench, especially from the defensive side and at least similar offensive production," general manager Brian Cashman said.
Jones never adapted to his sporadic playing time, posting a .215/.257/.361 slash line, five homers and 17 RBIs in 57 games.
The Yankees believe the lefthanded-hitting Ackley can reboot his career at the Stadium, where he has a .296/.397/.481 slash line, two homers and nine RBIs in 17 games.
"Obviously, the short porch in right is huge. I feel like it's a place the ball carries really well," Ackley said. "I feel like I see the ball really well there."
A tired CC returns
CC Sabathia, held overnight at a Dallas hospital after suffering what the Yankees described as "symptoms of dehydration" after Thursday night's start, walked into the clubhouse at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. As he walked in, Girardi asked him how he was feeling. "Tired" was his reply.
As for his spot in the rotation, Cashman said, "I haven't had any conversations about [removing] CC." Sabathia (4-8, 5.54) expects to make his next start.