Ike Davis’ glove lost out to Rob Refsnyder’s bat.
The veteran first baseman was designated for assignment Saturday morning as the corresponding roster move after Mark Teixeira was activated from the disabled list.
“We really like what Ref has done and he provides flexibility,” Joe Girardi said before his team’s 2-1 victory over the Twins.
Refsnyder, 25, has filled in primarily at first base in recent weeks but also can play second base and rightfield. He’s merely OK in the field but has been a factor at the plate with a .286/.339/.416 slash line in 21 games.
That performance, in the Yankees’ eyes, outweighed the pickle the Yankees might find themselves in defensively if Teixeira experiences another long-term injury.
“He’s played well, so we’re going to stick with him,” Girardi said of Refsnyder. “I’m going to find at-bats for him. And Tex is someone that, I don’t see us running him out there four, five days in a row at the beginning here. So we’ll have to watch Tex closely and use Ref.”
Davis, signed by the Yankees June 13, had a .214/.267/.214 slash line in eight games. He said he was not surprised by the decision. “With Tex coming back, you’ve got to make moves, and I play only first base,” he said. “So it just seems like the right move at the moment for the team.”
Davis hopes an opportunity in the majors presents itself but did not rule out taking a minor-league assignment with the Yankees if he clears waivers.
“It wouldn’t be a bad option just because you never know with injuries and stuff like that,” Davis said. “I obviously hope I don’t [end up in the minors], but I wouldn’t mind being here. I really enjoyed my short time here. They have a good group of guys. It was a bunch of fun.”
Buy or sell?
The Giants and Cubs, two top-tier teams in need of bullpen help, are among the clubs with scouts at the Stadium this weekend. If the long-shot scenario of the Yankees selling before the trade deadline occurs, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller would be two sought-after arms.
The Yankees, though not considered one of the favorites, are among many teams looking at Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel and are slated to host the 32-year-old next week in Tampa for a private workout. He is looked at primarily as a third baseman or second baseman, but one opposing team scout who has seen him said Gourriel’s skills could translate to shortstop.
“He’s a natural hitter, a line-drive hitter,” the scout said. “Just a complete player on both sides of the ball.”
Outfield running hot
Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 and has a .375/.446/.431 slash line in his last 19 games. Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4, including an RBI single in the fifth to tie it at 1, and is batting .351 (26-for-74) with seven homers and 22 RBIs in his last 20 games.
CC on target
CC Sabathia, forced from Wednesday’s start against the Rockies with a twisted right ankle, threw a bullpen session Saturday and remains on target to take his next rotation turn.