Thursday, August 13, 2015
JONES DOWN, CAPUANO UP & THAT'S FREAKING NUTS
Look. Full disclosure. I like Garrett and Cassie Jones. They are both terrific people and this recent struggle is absolutely silly and shouldn't have to happen. I mean, Stephen Drew is still there and doing zero. You know what I mean? The fact that G was DFA'd the first time was ridiculous. Garrett was brought back, and the media embraced him, including BYB, and that was because he brought back because the newly signed Dustin Ackley was hurt and put on the DL.
Jones came back and he wasn't able to do much, and I'm sure G knew his days were numbered... and today, he was DFA'd a second time. This time, the decision becomes even more insane.
According to NJ.com, "The Yankees designated Garrett Jones for assignment Wednesday, the second time he's been cut by the organization in the last 13 days.
'It was really difficult,' manager Joe Girardi said. 'If we're not in a game like yesterday, it probably doesn't happen.'
New York played the Cleveland Indians 16 innings Tuesday night (and lost), requiring some fresh arms in the bullpen. The Yankees called up Chris Capuano and Nick Goody, optioning Branden Pinder to Triple-A along with Jones.
Since Jones came back August 5, he didn't appear in a game. He had originally been cut on July 30 to make room for Dustin Ackley, traded a day before the deadline from Seattle. Ackley has since been put on the disabled list with an injured back.
'It is what it is,' Jones said. 'I wasn't playing much...I was that guy, the 25th man on the roster. So, it's going to be me.'"
Look, I've heard people blasting Jones for months. I hate it. Partly because I understand what Jones is dealing with. I wrote in GARRETT JONES DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT & MORE, "...Say what you will about Garrett Jones. I say the dude is a fierce competitor and had a huge opportunity to come to the New York Yankees and play and went for it. The role wasn't the right one for him, but he had a big shot here. If Jones was playing more consistently, you'd see more production, that's the bottom line. "
As Jones said... the clubhouse is crowded. He knows his role and has accepted it.
Sadly, it doesn't need to be this way.
In other news... why in the hell is any team bringing back Chris Capuano???
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