DETROIT -- Juan Miranda finally walked through the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park on Thursday, two days after the wheels were put into motion behind the scenes to bring him into town.
The Yankees had been planning on summoning Miranda, a 27-year-old first baseman, from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. That was impacted by Tuesday's rainout and a split doubleheader on Wednesday, when the Yankees thought utility man Kevin Russo might help them with flexibility.
Miranda was hitting .260 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 28 games at Triple-A and jumped right into the lineup on Thursday, playing first base with Mark Teixeira getting a day as the designated hitter.
"He swings the bat," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's kind of like Nick Johnson -- he swings the bat and also can play first base. It gives us the ability to DH Tex today. We've liked what we've seen from him. He's a guy that I believe who could help us."
Girardi said that with Johnson on the disabled list, he expected Miranda to hang around for a while. Girardi said that Miranda could become part of a lefty-righty platoon with Marcus Thames to log at-bats as the DH, with other players occasionally mixed in.
"It's a guy that definitely fits that mold, what we're looking for," Girardi said.