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NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez experienced a stiff neck during batting practice on Monday at Yankee Stadium and was moved to designated hitter in the Yankees’ lineup.
Rodriguez had been slated to play third base, batting third, as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Blue Jays. He remained in the same lineup spot, but Eric Chavez – batting eighth – moved from DH to third base.
Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the Yankees’ 10-8 loss to the Angels on Sunday, popping out with the bases loaded against Kevin Jepsen for the final out. He has 11 hits in his last 30 at-bats but is 4-for-13 on the homestand.
The Yankees have optioned infielder-outfielder Eduardo Nunez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, making room for Eric Chavez on the club’s active roster. Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees want Nunez to abandon the utilityman experiment and get back to playing mostly shortstop, with some second base mixed in.
“We talked about it and said, maybe we’re asking this kid to do too much at this time in his career,” Girardi said. “… Our thought is, this kid is going to be an everyday shortstop at some point.”
The move was made after Nunez committed two errors – one fielding, one throwing – on Thursday against the Rays. He was removed in the sixth inning for defense, replaced by Jayson Nix. Girardi said Nix will be the new backup shortstop and second baseman while Chavez can back up at first and third bases.
Eric Chavez isn’t officially on the Yankees’ roster, but he’s doing a pretty good impersonation of someone who is. Chavez stopped by Steinbrenner Field this morning and was spotted wearing a Yankees t-shirt, dropping off a few things at a locker that has his name on it.
It’s pretty safe to say that he’s on the team. Chavez grinned and said, “Officially, I’m nothing.”
Chavez said that it took a while to hammer out his one-year, $900,000 deal with the Yankees, but he’s happy that it was completed. Chavez said he might have contemplated retirement if the Yankees weren’t interested, but they were, along with a few unnamed teams. Chavez said he was only willing to seriously consider the Yankees.
“The beginning of the offseason for me was very relaxed, but then over the last three weeks, it took a long time,” Chavez said. “I’m happy the way things worked out. The team looks fantastic. It looks like we’re in good position to win a lot of ballgames.”
The day at camp
It looks like a little bit of a light day on the pitching front. Here are the bullpen assignments:
- Group 1: Juan Cedeno (Gustavo Molina), Manny Delcarmen (Francisco Cervelli), Mike O’Connor (Jose Gil), Clay Rapada (Russell Martin).
- Group 2: Adam Miller (Austin Romine), Ryan Pope (Gary Sanchez), Kevin Whelan (Kyle Higashioka).
- Throwing program: Joba Chamberlain, Matt Daley, Pedro Feliciano, Brad Meyers, Mariano Rivera.
And the hitting groups:
- Group 1: David Adams, Andruw Jones, Justin Maxwell.
- Group 2: Cervelli, Martin, Molina, Romine.
- Group 3: Gil, Higashioka, Murphy, Sanchez.
Eric Chavez has reached agreement on a one-year big league contract with the Yankees, MLB.com has confirmed. The signing has not been officially announced because Chavez must first pass a physical.
Chavez’s signing was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Chavez, 34, batted .263 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 58 games for the Yankees last season. He figures to see action mostly as a backup for Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira at third and first bases, respectively.
With this signing, the Yankees are likely done adding players before position players report to camp on Friday. New York’s 40-man roster is full, so there will be another paperwork move in the works to clear a spot. Since they could just put Joba Chamberlain or Pedro Feliciano on the 60-day disabled list, it’s not really anything to worry about.
This was a funny moment today in camp. Not that it should be a big surprise to anyone, but Joe Girardi had to backpedal a little bit this afternoon after accidentally mentioning Eric Chavez as one of his backup first base options.
“We don’t have him, but there has been talk about him,” Girardi said, smiling, as someone pointed out the goof. “That’s not official.”
Indeed, the Yankees have no agreement yet with Chavez, but it seems extremely likely they’ll hammer one out before position players hit camp on Friday.
“I’d like to have him back,” Girardi said. “I thought he was productive for us and he gives me flexibility.”
Raul Ibanez’s signing is now official, so the Yankees’ roster is at 40 players.