Alex Rodriguez said last night that he’s hoping to get back to third base this season, and Joe Girardi seemed excited by the possibility this morning.
“Good!” Girardi said, when told of Rodriguez’s postgame comments.
But the question is, what’s the point? With another off day Monday and the end of the season only eight games away, the Yankees don’t absolutely have to give anyone else a DH day, and Mark Reynolds has played a pretty decent third base (even Eduardo Nunez looked sharp there yesterday) so why not just keep Rodriguez at third?
“You can move your lineup around a little bit,” Girardi said. “Maybe you DH someone else, that sort of thing. And the experience. He’s played there, and he’s played well there. And if you have Alex at third and you play Mark at first against a left-hander, it allows you to do some more things with Nuney and that sort of thing.”
In other words, there’s no overwhelming reason to put Rodriguez at third. It’s obviously better to have a player able to play the field, but it’s not necessary.
“I’ve just been kind of taking it day-by-day, series-by-series,” Girardi said. “We get through this weekend and see where we are Tuesday. Do it that way. Hopefully he’s available to us (at third base), but if he’s not, I’ll just continue to do what we’re doing.”
• If the Yankees use Monday’s off day to skip their fifth starter and keep CC Sabathia on normal rest, they could roll out a rotation of Hiroki Kuroda, Sabathia and Ivan Nova for next week’s Rays series. “It’s something we have discussed,” Girardi said. “We’ll have to make a decision here pretty quick on what we’re going to do.”
• Austin Romine’s concussion might keep him out of the lineup the rest of the season. “He was cleared to play from the tests, but when he exercises, after he exercises a little bit he’s still not 100 percent,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if he’ll play the rest of the year. I’m not real sure.”
• And it still seems unlikely Brett Gardner will play again this season. “He’s not really doing too much,” Girardi said. “He’ll probably start maybe some light exercises, and when I say that, just kind of turning and stuff. But there’s not a whole lot there, yet.
• Why sit Lyle Overbay against the right-hander Ryan Vogelsong? “Righties have had a lot more success (against him),” Girardi said. “And just kind of like the idea of Mark playing first today.” Vogelsong’s reverse splits are actually fairly stunning.
• Can’t help wondering if we might hear this tomorrow.
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