This was hinted at over the weekend and it's become a reality today, at least according to Josh Norris' tweet earlier this morning. David Adams, almost 3 years removed from an ankle injury that seriously jeopardized his career, has been called up by the Yankees to play third base while Kevin Youkilis continues to rehab.
It's been a long, strange trip for Adams. From hot young prospect to almost having his career ended to being the player who caused the Cliff Lee trade to fall apart to a long, tough rehab, back to top prospect, and now to Major League starting third baseman. With a Robbie Cano extension looking more likely these days, a situation like this was Adams' best chance to break into the Majors and now he can take that chance and try to carve out a permanent role for himself.
No word yet on who will be sent down/DFA'd/released to clear a 25-man spot for Adams, although the smart money and every ounce of hope I have would be and is on Ben Francisco. Should he get the axe, the Yankees would have a bench of Alberto Gonzalez and Chris Nelson covering the infield, Ichiro the outfield, and Austin Romine the backup catcher spot.
** UPDATE 3:17 PM- The team has made it official, Adams is in the locker room, he might be in tonight's starting lineup, and Nelson gets DFA'd. Francisco survives again. **
Yankees replace bench coach. Wow.
38 minutes ago