Yankees are happy with how Miguel Andujar sees a potential new role


TAMPA – Yankees manager Aaron Boone was impressed by Miguel Andujar's attitude of possibly being used as a utility player. In addition to third base, he also played the first and the left field.

"His openness to do it is one of the things we liked," said Boone. “When we first discussed the topic with him, he was thrilled and even told us that he had started doing some things himself. I have the feeling that he has the athletic skills. Being able to move and hopefully contribute to its versatility. And given the quality and depth of our roster, this could be important not only for him, but possibly also for us. "

And Boone said he was not worried that Gleyber Torres would drive from the second base back to the shortstop.

"He dealt with everything that was thrown in his way," said Boone. "I think the only thing he has to do now is to show that he is able to be an everyday shortstop for an entire season. We know he can handle it, but now he does it all Time the routine. I am confident that he will take the next step. "

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Boone said he hadn't decided how many times he would use Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield after a season when he was distracted by injuries.

"I am confident that he is healthy," said Boone. "I'm still not sure what it will look like in games."

Boone said he would include matchups and who needs a day off, but Stanton will play an "adequate amount" of games with a particular batsman.

"We have a lot of people in the field," said Boone. "But we certainly feel good when he plays the field and feel healthy enough to do it regularly when we need him."

Although Jordan Montgomery, the left-hander, wants to be the leading candidate for the fifth start in James Paxton's absence, Boone doesn't rule out some of his other young pitchers, including Deivi Garcia and Mike King, as well as more established starters like Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga.

"Lots of people that we added to our 40-man team [roster] We have been pleased with this for several years [will be considered]Boone said. "And it would not be far fetched if one or more of these guys would affect our rotation, our bullpen, whatever it may be. But I think my point is, we feel that we have a lot of good options and we are a way away from making that decision. "

Boone also said that Paxton's recovery from back surgery is going well.

Luis Severino's 2019 season was heavily affected by shoulder and bib accesses in 2019, as he only completed three starts of the season.

"This is a key year for me," said Severino. "The most important thing for me this year is to be healthy until the playoffs and the World Series."

RHP Tony Zych was included in a minor league contract with the invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old underwent a thoracic outlet operation in 2018 and had not been professionally set up since 2017. From 2015 to 2017 he played 70 games.

Starting with the first official training on Thursday and a week later, Steinbrenner Field is open to fans to follow the Yankees training in the main stadium. The gates open at 10 a.m. and the stadium is open until the end of the training. There is no fee.

For all home games in spring training, the goals on the Steinbrenner field open two hours before the planned first field. The Yankees' spring plan begins on February 22nd at 1:05 p.m. against the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field.