Hun alum Steve Garrison to join Thunder; De La Rosa waived; Cox suspended
Steve Garrison, also a southpaw, from the Hun School in Princeton, was claimed on waivers by the Yankees earlier yesterday afternoon, and will report to the Thunder for the playoffs.
Garrison was still dealing wit the shock of being removed from the Padres’ 40-man roster when general manager Brian Cashman to tell him the news.
“I really don’t know what I’m feeling right now,” he said. “It’s a big-time roller-coaster. … I’m thankful people still believe in me.”
Garrison, who has had an issue with a bone spur in his left foot, will fly to Philadelphia this morning to meet with Yankees head trainer Gene Monahan and take a physical.
If he passes, he believes will join the Thunder on Sunday for the if-necessary Game 5 at Waterfront Park.
De La Rosa’s removal from the 40-man roster comes at a bad time for the Thunder, who also suspended J.B. Cox yesterday after an altercation in the dugout on Wednesday with manager Tony Franklin.
Initial reports suggested that De La Rosa’s removal from the 40-man roster had little, if anything, to do with
Witnesses said Cox, who was upset after being removed from the game in favor of Pat Venditte, slammed the ball down before getting chest to chest with his skipper and engaging him in an extended argument.
For a man who has already left the organization once, gotten in a bar fight before spring training and been disciplined for writing an obscenity on his shoes, this may have marked the last straw for Cox in the Yankees organization.
“We took some action,” Franklin said, referring to the suspension. “We felt the action was needed. I wish him well. If his career has ended with the Yankees, I hate for it to end on this note.”
Ben Watkins, a right-hander, was promoted yesterday from Charleston to fill one of the spots. Garrison will fill the other.
Watkins joins teammate Taylor Grote, who joined the Thunder in New Britain over the weekend, as former RiverDogs suddenly thrust into a playoff situation.
“My mood went from great, being home and seeing my family and friends,” Watkins said, “to even better, getting to play some playoffs here in Trenton.”