Ex-Ray Hinske left off Yankees ALCS roster
Former Rays INF/OF Eric Hinske was dropped from the Yankees roster for the ALCS, replaced by speedy OF Freddy Guzman, who will provide a base-stealing threat.
Hinske played in 39 games for the Yankees, at third base and in the outfield, after being acquired in trade from Pittsburgh. He is hoping to get to the World Series for a third straight season with his third different team, having been with the Red Sox in 2007 and the Rays in 2008.
The addition of Guzman also could mean the Yankees plan to make more use of Brett Gardner - who had been their primary pinch-runner - in place of Melky Cabrera against the Angels.
"We thought we could use another speed guy in this round,'' manager Joe Girardi said. "We've had some success doing those type of things late in games. And in seven-game series, felt that it could come up late in games. As we saw the games against Minnesota were very close. And sometimes you can use a couple of pinch runners. And if Gardy gets a start, then you don't have a pinch-runner. It just frees us up to do more things.''