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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Could A-Rod go to short, short-term?

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are short at short.

So, in the event that Eduardo Nunez gets hurt, would Joe Girardi turn to Alex Rodriguez?

“I said I have some ideas,” Girardi responded, jokingly. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base too.”

Based on that response, sounds like Girardi would move Alfonso Soriano to second and play Robinson Cano at short. But it’d make for a more compelling story if he moved A-Rod over from third.

“Well, Vernon [Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so, Vernon,’” Girardi joked. “You start thinking how many people do you want to move around for one position? ... Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”

Jayson Nix was played on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured hand. The Yankees recalled Preston Claiborne from Triple-A to replace Nix on the roster.

Girardi doesn’t have a timetable on Nix, but the manager guesses his utility infielder is out for the season.

The Yankees decided on Claiborne over an infielder because they used both of their long men -- Adam Warren and David Huff -- Wednesday night. Ultimately, they decided, pitching depth was more important and they could live with a short bench.

Brett Gardner is getting the day off -- he isn’t injured -- so Girardi moved Curtis Granderson over to center.