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Yankees replace Reid Brignac with Alberto Gonzalez

06/21/2013 4:35 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

SS Alberto Gonzalez made a brief pitching appearance during his first stint with the Yankees.(AP)
The New York Yankees made an infield switch on Friday, designating Reid Brignac for assignment and purchasing the contract of Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Brignac had been acquired from Colorado on May 18 and played in 17 games with the Yankees, going he 5-for-44 (.114) with 17 strikeouts in 45 plate appearances.

Gonzalez, who was hitting .244 with eight RBI in 23 games at Scranton, was 3-for-9 in three games with the Yankees earlier this season, and his return was fostered by both his versatility and his right-handed bat, according to the Yankees' skipper.

"He's a shortstop who can play anywhere, and that helps us," manager Joe Girardi said prior to Friday's game against the Rays.

Gonzalez played shortstop and made a brief pitching appearance during his first stint with the Yankees, and also worked out to be an emergency catcher when Chris Stewart was sidelined by a groin injury.

Girardi said that this time, Gonzalez will likely be a true backup infielder, with Jayson Nix likely to start every day at shortstop while David Adams mans third base.

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