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In the past decade, the yankees have gotten non-1B infield appearances from Gary Sheffield, Russell Martin, Marcus Thames, Posada, Jose Molina, Chad Moeller...
I think MLB teams can be a lot more flexible than they are with positioning. Virtually every player was a CF/SS/C/P prior to reaching the minors and are for the most part competent with the glove. Not saying you'd want to do it often but if you're trying to come back in a game pinch hit for the light hitting infielder and if that means a LF has to move to second for an inning it's not the end of the world.
Sheffield played 3B in the Jeter-dives-into-the-stands! game, and actually made a nice stop on a hot shot ground ball. Of course, then he airmailed the throw.
Why not just put Cervelli at short and hope for the best? Better to screw up one position than two.
The first DP where a runner's barreling down on him could get ugly. This is a very foolish move by the Yanks.
Virtually every player was a CF/SS/C/P prior to reaching the minors and are for the most part competent with the glove.
I played catcher, not middle infielder, so I mean this as an actual question - is there really a - that much difference in the runner coming in at him as a shortstop (compared to 2b) and b - isn't the general wisdom that 2B usually actually takes more of a beating than SS on those types of plays, since they are facing "the wrong way" as the ball and runner arrive at the base?
Take Jose Reyes' recent injury. Even after thousands of slides a split second of indecision will cost Reyes a couple of months on the DL.
Anybody can get hurt at pretty much any time.
By all means, let's play anybody absolutely anywhere without any regard for injury because, after all, anybody can get hurt pretty much at any time!!
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