Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 9, 2009 9:15 am
It’s not Eric Chavez, even though he was supposed to make his spring debut in the field today. Chavez felt some pain in his shoulder while swinging the bat on Sunday, so he’s been shut down for a few days. No hitting, either. Ominous.
So Bobby Crosby is playing third today. Crosby has spent exactly two days working at other positions, and most of that time was at second. Bob Geren said he and infield coach Mike Gallego figure Crosby was ready for third because it’s not that different from shortstop. Second, on the other hand, requires a much different look than short, being on the other side of the double-play pivot.
Yes, we asked Geren if the A’s were showcasing Crosby as a third baseman for the Yankees. Geren said they weren’t, although it’s not like he would have admitted it if they were. That’s one of those times when you have to ask a question even though you know the manager can’t necessarily answer it honestly.
I’m guessing the Yankees can find better than Bobby Crosby to play third anyway.