Yankees manager Joe Girardi met with the media before tonight’s game against the Red Sox and the topic of discussion surrounded the arrival of catcher Jesus Montero, the club’s top prospect, who was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Girardi threw the 21-year-old into the breach, hitting him seventh as the DH.
Asked what led to the decision to call up Montero, Girardi said, “If you look at his numbers against lefthanders this year, he’s got really, really good numbers.”
Montero hit .328 vs. lefties, going 38 for 116 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 9 homers, 35 RBIs, 12 walks, and 24 strikeouts.
“We’re hoping he can give us some lightning in a bottle,” Girardi said.
Given the magnitude of the situation, Girardi was asked what advice he had for Montero.
“Just go out and be the player that you are,” the Yankees manager said. “Don’t try to do too much. Just be the guy that you know you are and enjoy your first game. This only comes around once. Take in what’s going on around you and enjoy it.”
Montero was among six players the Yankees called up yesterday, creating a logjam in an already crowded visitors clubhouse.