Via Chad Jennings at the LoHud Yankees Blog, Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune is reporting that Scranton outfielder Greg Golson is in New York awaiting activation by the Yankees. Golson, a former first round draft pick by the Phillies in 2004, was acquired from the Texas Rangers during the off season. He has been playing mostly center field in Scranton, and has compiled a line of .253/.289/.430 in 84 PAs. Golson’s main competition for the call up was Chad Huffman, the only other outfielder currently on the 40-man roster. Should Golson not perform in his role, the Yankees could still turn to Huffman, or add David Winfree or Colin Curtis to the 40-man.
More important than the direct impact of Golson’s addition to the active roster is the Yankees decision to not promote a catcher. With Posada suffering from a strained calf, an easy solution would have been to swap out Mark Melancon with a catcher (likely Austin Romine), and then promote an outfielder if Posada needed to go on the DL. Unless Posada is going to be DL’ed before today’ s game, it would seem to indicate that the Yankees aren’t concerned by his injury.