CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Yankees hope Didi Gregorius will be back from his shoulder injury in May and hope someone who is in camp now can hold the fort until then.
But hope isn’t all the Yankees are banking on. According to a source, the Yankees are open to trading for a “short-term” answer at short.
Potentially available shortstops include Jose Iglesias of the Tigers, Zack Cozart of the Reds and Nick Ahmed of the Diamondbacks, according to a report on NJ.com. But with the Yankees’ many shortstop prospects and the hope that Gregorius will heal, it’s unlikely they’d want to bring in anyone who is signed past this season.
Prospect Tyler Wade started at shortstop Wednesday and went 0-for-3 in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Spectrum Field. Wade, who never has played above Double-A, is batting .361.
The other internal candidates are utilityman Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Pete Kozma and Starlin Castro, who would slide over and create an opening at second base. Opening Day is April 2.
Bird is still the word
The Yankees had considered platooning lefty-swinging Greg Bird when they signed Chris Carter. But Joe Girardi said Bird’s strong spring training has earned him the everyday job.
“He’s been really good,” Girardi said of Bird, who hit his fifth and sixth home runs and had five RBIs Wednesday and is batting .439. “Maybe better than I expected knowing he sat out a year (after shoulder surgery).”
Carter is batting .108 after going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
Girardi on what he told super prospect Gleyber Torres, whom the Yankees sent to Trenton Tuesday night: “Go play and tear up Double-A.” Torres, 20, hit .448 in his first big-league camp . . . Girardi on the battle for rightfield between Aaron Hicks (.256, two HRs) and Aaron Judge (.273, two HRs): “That’s something that’s probably going to come down to the wire.”