NEW YORK – Kevin Reese didn’t know what to say first when he called his friends.
“I’m getting married. By the way, I just got called up to the big leagues,” he told some.
For others, he reversed the order.
With Bernie Williams struggling defensively, the New York Yankees purchased the contract of the 27-year-old outfielder from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday and immediately put him in the lineup against the Mets. Reese was penciled in to play left field and hit ninth, with Tony Womack shifted to center.
Reese was batting .272 at Columbus with 22 doubles, eight homers and 37 RBIs in 305 at-bats. Acquired from San Diego in 2001, he split last season between Columbus and Double-A Trenton, and made the Eastern League All-Star team.
On Friday, he proposed to Laura Le Gallo after the Clippers’ game. They plan to get married in September. They had been talking about marriage for a while but hadn’t set any plans.
“I kind of surprised her,” Reese said.
He went 0 for 3 Saturday in Columbus’ game against the Mets’ Norfolk farm team, then found out the Yankees were bringing him up.
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