Rob Refsnyder is finally a Yankee, and he will be in the starting lineup tonight. This required a couple of roster moves, two of which we were unaware of until a few moments ago.
#Yankees: Optioned INF Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Transferred OF Mason Williams to the 60-day disabled list.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 11, 2015
To make room for Refsnyder on the 25-man roster, Cole Figueroa has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Figueroa played in just two games with the major league club; he picked up two doubles in eight plate appearances. At Triple-A, he has put up a .317/.372/.415 triple slash (130 wRC+) in 321 plate appearances with three home runs. I would imagine he'll be in the mix for future call-ups, especially if or when the infield needs a utility infielder (I do not expect Brendan Ryan to ever be healthy).
The other corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster was to transfer Mason Williams to the 60-day disabled list. Williams has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 21st after suffering a shoulder injury, and his rehab is not exactly going as planned. Initially the team told the media that the injury wasn't a big concern, and that he would work through it in no time at all. Even though the move is still retroactive to June 21st, I would imagine it could take longer than that. My expectations are pretty low.
None of this is a surprise. Williams has been suffering from a nagging injury that doesn't seem to be getting better any time soon, and Figueroa is certainly a 'tweener that will likely buy a few bus passes between New York and Scranton. This could also mean that the Yankees really think this is Rob Refsnyder's "Official Audition" for a long-term spot at second base, even though Brian Cashman won't admit that. Only time will tell. Let's hope that Refsnyder claims the spot outright, and hopefully the next roster move is sending Stephen Drew on a one-way trip to Mars.