With Hughes being activated from the 60-day DL today, the Yanks will have to (a) remove someone from the 25 man roster and (b) remove that same player, or a different player, from their 40 man roster.
Any guesses as to who that might be? My guess is Karstens or Henn gets sent back to AAA, and one of the fringe guys on the 40 man roster is removed (like Bronson Sardinha or something).
The more difficult decision will come on Monday when Giambi is activated from the 15-day DL. It pains me to say it, but I think the odd man out has to be Miguel Cairo. The trade for Betemit makes him expendable, even though he's done an admirable job filling in wherever needed for a long time. Giambi should then join a rotation with Phillips, Damon, Abreu, Matsui, Melky, and Duncan where 2 of those players will have to sit each day. This should keep everyone fresh and give the team its strongest bench since the Cecil/Strawberry/Chili days.
Which leaves two questions. (1) If Joba Chamberlain is called up soon, as expected -- who goes? Probably whoever doesn't get sent down today between Karstens or Henn. Of course someone else will then need to be removed from the 40 man (Kevin Reese?).
And (2) What do they do if/when Mientciewicz comes back? Phillips and Duncan are the two most obvious choices to get sent down just in terms of stature, but both are clearly superior hitters -- and Phillips MORE than holds his own defensively. If I'm Cashman, I wait until the last possible minute to make sure no one else gets hurt, and then I release Dougie. He's just not a major league hitter, and his defense doesn't make up for his lack of offense. I could also see the Yanks waiting until September to activate him since the rosters will expand at that point.
September callups should include Chris Britton, Edwar Ramirez, Tyler Clippard, whoever gets sent down this week (Henn/Karstens?), and Igawa (give him a look in the 'pen). Please though --- no more Colter Bean.