Refsnyder experiment over — for now

Rob Refsnyder got clipped by Major League Baseball’s numbers game Sunday. Someone had to come off the Yankees’ 25-man roster to make room for the return of Carlos Beltran from the 15-day disabled list, and it turned out to be Refsnyder.

The prospect was given a four-game cup of coffee the past week and handled himself well, but with two other infielders, Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan, working on multi-million dollar contracts there was no more space for the rookie second baseman who hit .167 with one home run and two RBI in 12 at-bats.

“I had a great experience,” Refsnyder said. “I got my feet wet. I saw what major-league pitching and defense is all about. If you look at our roster, there are a lot of proven veterans, a lot of guys with a lot of experience and a lot of playoff experience. It’s one of those things where I’m kind of the low guy on the totem pole. I never felt overwhelmed. I took a lot of positives out of it. I think I can compete here and help the team win.”

Refsnyder accepted the demotion with a good attitude. The key now is not to be discouraged about being sent down and keep up the good work at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and work himself back to the big leagues.

Brett Gardner showed off a new look in Sunday’s game. The left fielder was sporting a pair of white cleats, a la Joe Namath, the old Jets quarterback. Gardy raced on those shoes to make a leaping catch of a drive by Austin Jackson in the third inning to rob the Mariners center fielder of a potential extra-base hit.

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