With the way that backup outfielder Marcus Thames is swinging the bat right now the Yankees need to find more at bats for him. Thames has played in 7 games for the Yankees this season and he is 7 for 14 (.500 avg, 1.420 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 homer and 1 RBI. It was originally thought that Thames was signed with the idea that he would platoon in LF with Brett Gardner. But, with Gardner off to a outstanding start to the season Thames has not got much playing time in LF. The door is probably open at DH for Thames to get some playing time with Nick Johnson’s back barking. Johnson is off to slow start and he’s hurting too so Thames could work his way into a platoon with him despite the fact that Johnson makes a lot more money than he does. Regardless of where he plays the Yankees need to get more at bats for Thames.