Anna makes Yankees’ roster, one spot left to fill

Daniel Nava, Dean Anna

Joe Girardi said that he’d be comfortable playing Dean Anna anywhere in the infield.

The final roster spot in Yankees camp will come down to the last day of the spring, as utility infielders Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte have both been told not to pack for the trip to Houston.

Dean Anna was told that he has secured a spot on the roster, and the Yankees view Anna as the replacement for infielder Brendan Ryan, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. That decision leaves Nunez and Solarte in limbo for one more night.

“Weird, a situation like that,” Nunez said. “It’s kind of weird, you know? You don’t know where you’re going on the last day of Spring Training. They said it’s still up the air.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had “nothing else to really report” about the situation with Nunez and Solarte. Nunez has played in 270 games for the Yankees over the last four years, while Solarte batted .429 this spring as a non-roster invitee.

Technically, the Yankees have until 3 p.m. ET on Sunday to finalize their Opening Day roster. Girardi did confirm that Anna made the roster, news that was first revealed via Twitter by Jedd Gyorko, one of Anna’s former Padres teammates.

“He gives you a ton of flexibility,” Girardi said. “With Brendan Ryan out, he played a very good shortstop for us. He’s a left-handed bat, so if we give (Derek Jeter) a day off, it’ll probably be against a right-hander. He fits the mold.”

Girardi said that he would also feel comfortable playing Anna at second or third bases. Anna, 27, led the Pacific Coast League in hitting last year with a .331 average for Triple-A Tucson, and would be making his big league debut with New York.

“I really feel a little numb more than anything right now,” Anna said. “I think maybe Opening Day, that’s when I’ll start to feel what I feel. Everyone else is really excited for me, but it really just feels like another day right now — which is kind of a weird feeling, really.”

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bring rizzoto back

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I AGREE

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I have vivid memories of Dean as a 6 year old playing catch at Arquilla Field in Glenwood Il, covered in clay dust with little Rod Davis. This opportunity is something earned by hard work, talent and his knowledge of the game. His grandfather Billy is watching from heaven and beaming pride in his family. All of us from Glenwood are proud of you Dino and will actually root for you against the Sox…….and you know we love the Sox!

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Solarte, no question

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They must be working the phones of Nuni, no reason to delay this if you are keeping him on the 40

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Nunez has been up and down like a yo-yo.His fielding is poor at best and only the Yankees beleive that he can consistently. Solarte is flexible playing numerous positions, healthy and has had a good spring. He deserves to make the squad.

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solarte.

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