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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.
With the Yankees hosting a doubleheader Tuesday against the Blue Jays, there’s the potential for one day filled with twice the amount of all that comes with Alex Rodriguez.
At the very least, he'll have played in both games.
After Monday’s off day, A-Rod played third base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game. Rodriguez was in the lineup for the second game,...Read more »
There is an intersection, normally begrudgingly admitted to by both sides, where stat mongers (like myself) and practitioners of the "eye test" meet.
Much as he's in the middle of everything else right now, Alex Rodriguez is also directing traffic at that intersection.
Anyone who's watched the Yankees during the two weeks since A-Rod's return from offseason hip surgery (and...Read more »
There's still a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two American League Wild-Card playoff spots.
Aside from the jolt of power contributed by Alfonso Soriano and the boost at third base thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have a decent schedule ahead.
All of their games against teams over .500 are versus those they're chasing for the Wild Card (Rays, Orioles)...Read more »
"60 Minutes" is reporting Friday that members of Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents implicating Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs investigation.
The people involved reportedly gave the documents to Yahoo! Sports shortly after the Biogenesis scandal broke in late January. Braun and Cervelli...Read more »
The Yankees have reached a deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
The Cleveland Indians had designated the right-handed hitting Reynolds for assignment on Aug. 8 and released him on Aug. 12.
Reynolds hit .215 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and 123 strikeouts in 98 games with the Indians this season. The 30-year-old slugger is a career .233 hitter with...Read more »
It will be a surprise if Derek Jeter rejoins the Yankees by the end of the weekend series that starts Friday night in Boston.
No one will be more surprised than Joe Girardi.
“I wouldn’t think so," the Yankees manager said Thursday. "We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at.”
Jeter looked fine as he took batting and infield practice at Yankee Stadium before the afternoon...Read more »
Former Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer said Tuesday that he was the victim of a hoax after a man claiming he was Spencer called a radio station and said he used steroids.
The man claiming to be Spencer told 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio on air Monday that he took steroids at the Double-A level, among other things relating to his Yankees career.
Spencer, now a hitting coach for the Somerset...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has announced his intention to retire following the 2013 season, and it’s widely assumed that Yankees setup man David Robertson will step into his shoes as closer.
But is that wise?
Robertson has many qualities that make him an ideal candidate for the ninth inning. He’s striking out 10.87 batters per nine innings this season and has a career 11.84 K/9. He rarely allows...Read more »
Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant again for the Yankees on Monday night against the Angels, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out seven. It was his ninth scoreless start this season (24 total starts), and fifth in the past six weeks.
Since July 7, Kuroda is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in seven games against some tough competition – he’s had to face the Orioles, Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers during...Read more »