…”You anticipate it might happen more in a National League game, but it might happen,” Girardi said of the potential need for Nuñez or Peña to play the outfield during the season. “They catch pop-ups all the time, and I know fly balls are different.”
This certainly makes sense. The Yankees have a bunch of young players and they want to be able to use them anywhere on the field. Over the past year they have worked out infielders Brandon Laird, Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo, and now Nunez in the outfield. It’s all about giving the team options.
This does seem to indicate a bit about the bench. It seems like they are preparing to go with a bench that includes a backup catcher (Jesus Montero), Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, and Eduardo Nunez. It seemed like there was a chance they could use an extra outfielder like Greg Golson or Justin Maxwell, but if Nunez can play in the outfield it seems more likely that they’ll go with the extra middle infielder.