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After Rough Weekend, Yankees Option Refsnyder To Triple-A Scranton

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

On Sunday, the New York Yankees optioned Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton.                    (Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

It has truly been a rough few days for New York Yankees‘ infielder Rob Refsnyder and it was capped off early Sunday morning when he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton, missing a spot on the 25-Man Roster for Opening Day.

The twenty-five year old, who spends most of his time at second base, arrived at Spring Training this season ready to play third base, a position he hasn’t played since his Freshman year of college. Refsnyder has made a few starts at third this spring and has batted .242 with 3 RBIs and a homerun all in hopes of making the Opening Day roster.

Refsnyder’s tough weekend began on Friday in the 10th inning when he had a bad hop on a ground ball while playing third base and the ball cut his upper lip, he was taken out of the game. But, on Saturday against the Orioles, which also happened to be his Birthday, he had another bad hop on a ground ball, this time suffering an injury to his cheek which called for X-Rays and leaving the game in the 8th.

Although neither injury will require missed time, the New York Yankees felt that two other players, Ronald Torreyes and Pete Kozma were better candidates for the utility infielder/backup third baseman spot on the roster.

Torreyes looks to be the more viable option at this point between his defensive skills and his average of .313 this spring.

Refsnyder will now start the season with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he will most likely see more reps at third base and become he even better at the hot corner and ready for when the Yankees call.

All is not lost though Yankee fans, as everyone knows the “Scranton Shuttle” makes quite a few trips to the Bronx throughout the regular season so it won’t be long before Refsnyder gets back in the pinstripes.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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