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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 »
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 »
Joe Girardi said he wasn't sure of the details of Michael Pineda's extended spring training start Monday, but Hal Steinbrenner reported that Pineda threw 65 pitches and is close to beginning his minor-league rehab assignment . . . The June 30 game at Baltimore has been moved to 8:05 p.m. for ESPN . . . Brian Cashman's daughter Grace sang the national anthem....Read more »
This night couldn't have gone much better for the Mets.
They began the game by honoring the greatest closer to ever play the game and ended it by beating him. Their young phenom lived up to the hype and struck out 10 Yankees in eight innings, allowing just a single run.
And they avoided a potential rain out.
Listen to inside-the-game insights from the important actors in it: Matt...Read more »
There was still a steady rain falling on the tarp at Citi Field just a few minutes before the scheduled start of Yankees vs. Mets Round 2, and amid conflicting weather reports, Yankees manager Joe Girardi offered what appeared to be the simplest - but probably most reasonable - prediction for when the game would start: "I guess it's one of those things you look up in the sky and see if it's...Read more »
With the Subway Series nearly upon us, we decided to take a look at the Yankees and Mets lineups – but with a twist. Instead of strict “player vs. player” breakdowns, we went through the lineup by composite defensive position and batting order.
Some of the results may surprise.
Our main tool for comparison was on-base plus slugging percentage. Good hitters generally post an OPS over...Read more »