Another day, another name to add to the disabled list for the New York Yankees. This time it's rookie outfielder Zoilo Almonte, who sprained his ankle by landing awkwardly on the first base bag during last night's loss to the Boston Red Sox. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that X-rays on Almonte's ankle came back negative but manager Joe Girardi said he would still be placed on the DL.
Zoilo Almonte will be placed on the DL, Girardi said. Corresponding move TBA.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 20, 2013
Via the Scranton Times-Tribune, Hoch notes that outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal are both on their way to Boston, suggesting a second roster move will be made. The likely candidate touted is infielder Alfredo Gonzalez, as the Yankees added Brent Lillibridge to the roster on Friday as a Derek Jeter replacement.
Almonte, 24, is hitting .267/.312/.349 through the first 93 plate appearances of his major league career. All of his 22 starts have come in left field. At 26, Mesa has spent a long time in the minor leagues, with 683 games played across all levels. He has hit 93 home runs and stolen 109 bases in that time but has just a .245 batting average. The 25-year-old Neal was once a top 100 prospect for Baseball America, albeit barely, at 96 in 2010, but was released by the Cleveland Indians in January to make way for former Yankee Nick Swisher, at which point the Yankees promptly picked him up. He has hit .318 at Triple-A this year to follow up his .314 at Double-A last season.
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