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Brendan Ryan was batting .192 for the Mariners prior to the Yankees acquisition of the shortstop on Tuesday night.
That number is no aberration.
Ryan hit .194 in 2012 for Seattle. OPS+ is a stat measuring a hitter’s on-base plus slugging percentage in a more normalized fashion than OPS (for example – park effects are taken into account). An average hitter posts a number around 100. Ryan...Read more »
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.
Derek Jeter’s contributions to the Yankees are often talked about in terms of what he brings with his "intangibles." But what the Yankees are missing right now from the shortstop position is very tangible.
Jeter's replacements have combined to hit .220 with one home run and a .606 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) through the first 40 games of the season while the Yankees captain...Read more »