The Yankees are calling up Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured Derek Jeter, who was forced to the disabled list with a strained quad earlier today. Lillibridge has been hitting very well in his time with the RailRiders, but he does not currently have a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Before Lillibridge can play, and I assume that the Yankees will want him to do so tonight in Boston, the team will need to make a roster move for him. Who gets sent to the waiver wire in place of Lillibridge?
Alberto Gonzalez: In 12 games with the Yankees this year, Gonzalez has a .182/.182/.212 batting line. He has six strikeouts to go with zero walks and only one hit for extra bases. He's been DFA'd once already this year and it wouldn't be at all shocking for him to meet the same fate this time around.
Luis Cruz: Before coming over from the Dodgers, Cruz had posted awful numbers to the tune of a -2 OPS + in 45 games for Los Angeles. Since joining the Yankees, he's hit a little better with a .214/.250/.238 batting line. He's played strong defense, and by not being named Alberto Gonzalez, he may have bought himself a little while longer. No one should be surprised if he ends up getting the boot, though.
Thomas Neal: After raking in Triple-A, Neal got a brief chance at the big league level earlier this season. He failed to make an impression or hit a pitch that had any break to it at all. Neal continues to hit well for the RailRiders with a .318/.392/.407 line on the season, but if the Yankees feel like he can't be a major league option, they could choose to send him on his way.
Brennan Boesch: A casualty of the 2013 Yankees injury bug that has extended to even the minor league level, Boesch is currently injured and has been for a while. He hit .275/.302/.529 in 23 games for New York this season, and failed to do much of anything offensively for the RailRiders. By virtue of being hurt and not very good, it could be his time to go.
Travis Hafner: Gotcha.