BOSTON - Brian Cashman said the call-up of much-hyped second baseman Rob Refsnyder was solely about Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, giving the Yankees a righthanded hitter against Red Sox lefthanders Eduardo Rodriguez and Wade Miley.
But he didn't completely dismiss the possibility that the 24-year-old will stick around longer than that, either.
"We never deny anybody's opportunity to push their way in," Cashman said before Saturday night's 5-3 loss to Boston, in which Refsnyder made his major-league debut. "But the God's honest truth is, it's about Saturday night and Sunday right now . . . It's really as simple as that. It's not complicated."
Batting ninth, Refsnyder grounded into a double play, was robbed of a single by rightfielder Alejandro De Aza and popped to first.
With Stephen Drew continuing to struggle at the plate -- he has 12 homers but is hitting .182 with a .257 on-base percentage -- Yankees fans have been clamoring for Refsnyder.
His hitting has impressed opposing team scouts throughout his ascension through the organization's system but his fielding has been questionable, to say the least.
Joe Girardi, like Cashman, said the move isn't about replacing Drew for the season's second half, but he didn't dismiss the notion. "I think anything is possible here," he said. "The thing about the game, and the world we live in, if you produce, you're going to play. That's the bottom line."
Refsnyder had a .290/.387/.413 slash line with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 81 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was 14-for-34 in his last 10 games. He also had 13 errors, but only two since May 23.
"We'll see," Cashman said of Refsnyder's defense. "He's gotten better, there's no doubt about it."