McGehee off to hot start at Class-A

Infielder goes 3-for-5 with an RBI in first two games
08/30/2012 5:07 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
On Wednesday, Casey McGehee found himself somewhere he hadn’t been since 2008: in a Minor League uniform. However, the 29-year-old infielder has already made the most of it, paying dividends in his first two games with the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs.

Wednesday night, McGehee started the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader against the West Virginia Power at third base, going 1-for-3 with an RBI in the RiverDogs’ 3-0 victory. While the 29-year-old didn’t field a ball at the hot corner all night, his first-inning single that scored center fielder Ben Gamel was all the offense Charleston would need.

McGehee then started the second game as the designated hitter, drawing a walk in his lone at-bat before the game was postponed due to rain and left to be finished prior to Thursday’s scheduled contest.

That 18-hour layoff didn’t seem to bother McGehee (or the RiverDogs), however, as he finished the resumed game 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a run scored and Charleston went on to win 7-2 to complete the “sweep.”

McGehee, whose last Minor League appearance came more than four years ago as a member of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, was optioned to Charleston on Tuesday, the victim of a roster squeeze when the Yankees activated OF/1B Steve Pearce.

Rather than be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of Double-A Trenton, however, McGehee was reassigned to Charleston, a move that could potentially allow the Yankees to bring him back sooner than the mandatory 10-day window a player must sit out after being optioned.

The MLB rulebook states that a player on optional assignment can be brought back before 10 days if the affiliate he is optioned to sees its season end. While Scranton and Trenton are assured of postseason berths, Charleston is unlikely to make the South Atlantic League playoffs, so their season could be over after their game on Monday, September 3 – which would allow the Yankees to bring McGehee back to the Bronx as soon as Tuesday, September 4, just seven days after he was optioned.

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