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Could Alex Rodriguez play shortstop if needed?

Alex Rodriguez stands at third during the first

Alex Rodriguez stands at third during the first game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Aug. 20, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.

With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).

Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.

So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?

“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.

“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”

How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?

“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”

That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.

But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.

Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.

Tags: alex rodriguez , derek jeter , joe girardi , yankees , eduardo nunez

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