NEW YORK -- If one had to come up with a descriptive phrase for the current configuration of Kansas City's outfield, the title might be: "Men in Motion."
Manager Ned Yost, faced with the loss of starting right fielder David DeJesus to a serious thumb injury for at least 10 weeks, and the arrival of Rick Ankiel off the disabled list, needed a game plan.
"I want to start a rotation to work the outfielders and let them DH and take days [off] here and there," Yost explained.
DeJesus was injured on July 22; Ankiel, who had a quad injury, reunited with the team after it arrived in New York on Thursday, and the team called up former third baseman Alex Gordon from Triple-A to replace DeJesus.
The game plan:
Scott Podsednik, one of the team's most reliable hitters, is the primary left fielder.
"Alex will move from right to left a little bit in the rotation," Yost said. Jose Guillen, perhaps Kansas City's best power source, will play mainly DH and see time in right field.
Ankiel is the No. 1 in center.
"Mitch Maier will play them all, and he'll play center when we give Ankiel a break," Yost said.
And Willie Bloomquist?
"Willie depends on the pitcher," Yost said. "If it's a left-handed [opposing] pitcher he'll play in the outfield on given days. My plan is to play [infielder] Wilson Betemit five or six days and give him a break and Willie can play some third, and Chris Getz can play some third."
So there they are, at least for now -- men in motion.