Brett Gardner Hits the DL. Will Austin Jackson Get the Call?

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IJuly 26, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees can't come up with the catch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 22, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Brett Gardner broke his left thumb in yesterday’s game when he slid into second base in the first inning. He even played through the injury, and managed to get an RBI triple and he made some fantastic plays in the outfield.

Jon Albaladejo was sent to the stadium as a temporary move until they decide what to do. According to Peter Abraham, they will add a position player in the next day or two. He lists Austin Jackson, Shelley Duncan, and John Rodriguez as possibilities to get the call to major leages.
I really liked Gardner and his speed on the basepaths will certanly be missed. He was able to change the outcome of a game with a base hit. He was gritty and went all out when he had to. Gardner wasn’t a fan favorite coming into this season, but he has certainly impressed many Yankees fans.
I would love it if Austin Jackson got the call, as his debut has been highly anticipated by many fans. His stats in Scranton are .311AVG 4HR 38RBI 17SB .375OBP .429SLG .805OPS. He aso plays a terrific outfield. Shelley Duncan would be my next choice. The big bopper has killed the ball in the minors, hitting.270 with 25HR and 75RBI’s. Than there is John Rodriguez, who is hitting .283 with 12HR and 44RBI through 212AB’s. It will be very interesting to see who they call up.