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The Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte on Tuesday.
Almonte will make his major league debut by starting in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, manager Joe Girardi said.
Almonte, 24, hit .297 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 68 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and will provide additional depth in the outfield. The Yankees like what they’ve seen offensively from Almonte.
“We really believe this kid’s going to hit,” Girardi said. “At times we really saw it in spring training. He struggled a little bit in spring training and maybe it was the excitement of making it a team, but he has [swung] the bat well down there, especially left-handed for him.”
The Yankees called up Almonte, as well as reliever/starter Adam Warren, after placing third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list. By using the roster spots on an outfielder and pitcher, the Yankees are lacking bodies for the infield.
Girardi stressed that the team will have to be creative, mentioning that outfielder Thomas Neal has played first base before, and David Adams could be used again.
“With all of the injuries, you kind of have to do it and guys maybe have to step out of their comfort zone,” Girardi said. “They have been very willing.”