Brent Lillibridge's addition one full of historical anecdotes for Yankees

07/19/2013 2:27 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brent Lillibridge's first appearance will make him the 45th man to play a game for the Yankees this season.(AP)
When Derek Jeter was placed on the disabled list Friday, the Yankees called up infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The fact that his addition was made to replace the Captain is monumental enough, but here are a few other interesting facts about what his arrival means for the Yankees:

-Lillibridge is the 46th different player added to the Major League roster, and when he plays in a game, he will be the 45th different player to appear. The Yankees used 45 players in all of 2012, and will tie that mark as early as their 96th game in 2013. As a side note, Alex Rodriguez’s pending arrival would make 46, meaning that less than 100 games into the season, the Yankees could be just five players away from tying the all-time franchise high (51 in 2005 and 2008).

-Should his stay be brief (pending whatever move is made to activate A-Rod), Lillibridge could be the eighth player to, at least though the first 100 games, made six appearances or less for the team; in 2005, for example, there were 13 such players total, while in 2008, there were only seven.

-Lillibridge is also notable for being traded for two currently-rostered Yankees, with those trades also being the final transactions for said players before coming to New York. In December 2008, Lillibridge was one of four players the Braves sent to the White Sox to acquire Jacvier Vazquez and Boone Logan – both of whom were traded to the Yankees for Melky Cabrera and others the following December – and last season, he was one of the two players the White Sox sent to Boston for Kevin Youkilis.

-Finally, depending on if and where he starts, Lillibridge could become the fourth different man to start a game at second base, the fifth to get the nod shortstop, or the sixth to begin a game at the hot corner – a stark contrast for a team that has seen the triad of Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez perennially start 140 or more games at those positions for most of the last decade.

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