The Yankees are going to give Overbay some action in right, starting tonight. The 36-year-old first baseman played five games there for Missoula in rookie ball in 1999. He played 25 games in left for Double-A El Paso in 2001. He spent much of this spring training playing in the outfield for the Red Sox. And he took fly balls during batting practice the last two days — in left.
“We’ve been forced to be a little bit creative here because of some of the injuries,” Joe Girardi said. “We just feel we’re going to give him an opportunity out there. It also gives us a little coverage for (Mark Teixeira) at first base, if we feel he needs a day off. We’ll see how it goes.”
His outfield glove is being shipped to him. So for now, he’s borrowing Boone Logan’s glove, which was given to Logan by David Robertson, who used it to shag flies.
“I’m 98 percent excited, 2 percent scared; or 98 percent scared, 2 percent excited; I don’t know,” Overbay said. “No, I’m excited. Any time you get out on the field, it’s an opportunity.”
Nick Swisher is back in town for the first time since leaving. Not surprisingly, he didn’t want to rehash his criticism of the fans after things got a bit harsh in the punchless playoffs. Life is good for him in Cleveland. Not that it was easy on him departing the Bronx.
“I still have great relationships with everybody over there,” Swisher said. “I knew very early in the offseason that coming back here was not going to be an option. So I had to do my best to step off. Obviously making that step was harder than most things that I’ve done in my life. But that’s kind of part of the game. This is a business. At the time, they were trying to stay under the payroll. But either way, I was so thankful for my opportunity to come over here and play. But being in Cleveland, I could not be more excited. We’ve got a great squad over here. We’ve got a scrappy squad. So far the season has gone pretty good for us.”