Soriano at first base? Quite possibly

March, 7, 2014
Mar 7
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are considering using Alfonso Soriano as their backup first baseman. With a limited amount of options, the team wants to create versatility on its roster.

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AP Photo/Kathy WillensAlfonso Soriano interacts with fans before Friday night's exhibition game in Tampa.
"We have kicked it around a little bit," manager Joe Girardi said.

Starting third baseman Kelly Johnson is currently the backup first baseman. Johnson is also the backup second baseman.

Soriano, who will play in the outfield Friday night, will primarily be a designated hitter. However, he could spell Mark Teixeira from time to time during the season. The Yankees do not plan to carry strictly a backup first baseman.

Johnson is scheduled to play first base Sunday. Girardi doesn't know when Soriano might play the position in an exhibition game.

By the way, Girardi also said the Yankees never considered using Soriano at second base. Soriano started his Yankees career as a second baseman.

Panama: CC Sabathia and Adam Warren will start in Panama next weekend. Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Soriano will also make the trip.

Changeup: David Robertson incorporated the changeup a little bit last season, but Girardi said that Robertson might throw it a bit more this season.

Moment of silence: The Yankees held a moment of silence to honor Carmen Berra before Friday night's exhibition game.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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