Before camp opened last month, the Yankees had been talking about getting Alex Rodriguez some reps at first base. With nine days to go until Opening Day, the Yankees are finally putting their plan in action and will get a look at Rodriguez out of his natural third base position. Rodriguez is slated to go to Fort Meyers tomorrow to play first against the Minnesota Twins, but there’s no need for Mark Teixeira or Garrett Jones to be worried–Rodriguez is simply the back-up to the back-up.
“I’m thinking of first base to give Joe as many options as he could possibly have,” Rodriguez said following yesterday’s 10-0 win against the Phillies. “I know he likes to give guys rest. I know he likes matchups. I just want to be an asset to Joe all year. And Brian Cashman.”
In the meantime, Rodriguez is letting one of the guys in the clubhouse break in his new first base glove and he’s been doing all of his reps with his third base glove. Joe Girardi is impressed with how Rodriguez has looked, especially with the extra work Rodriguez has put in.
“He’s done some extra work (at first),” Girardi said. “We did cut off some relays with the shift the other day, and we had him at first doing it. We’ll go over the bunt defenses again before we leave. Those are the things that are going to be a little tricky. That’s the bottom line if he goes over there. Obviously, I’d probably put Garrett Jones there first, but if something were to happen to one of them, just trying to prepare ourselves.”
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