Girardi told reporters Refsnyder would be in the lineup for the final two games of the series at Fenway Park once his contract his purchased from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Refsnyder, 24, has played second base for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is batting .290 with 17 doubles, seven home runs, 37 RBIs and an .800 OPS over 81 games. Through the first 10 games of July, he is batting .412 (14 for 34) with two home runs, four RBIs and seven runs scored. He is also riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he is batting .440 (11 for 25) with four-extra base hits.
During spring training with the Yankees, Refsnyder hit .364 with six doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.
Refsnyder, a fifth-round selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona, is the Yankees’ No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com.
“He’s a player who has value,” Girardi told reporters after Friday’s 5–1 win, “and we want to see him play.
“He played well in spring training. It’s a young man that’s been on our radar, and we’ll see how he does.”
A corresponding move for Refsnyder’s pending call-up was not yet announced. The Yankees’ regular second baseman, Stephen Drew, is batting .182 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs and a .630 OPS.
- Mike Fiammetta