Needless to say, it’s not a position of comfort for Cano, but he’s certainly athletic enough to pull it off if he logged the time necessary to make it work. His lack of experience wasn’t a concern here though since Cano never handled a chance in the inning, and it won’t be going forward as Girardi will only use him there in situations like Saturday or when it’s a true emergency.
Now, that covers one side of the infield. Of course with Cano moving over that leaves a vacancy at second base, which Girardi elected to fill with… catcher Francisco Cervelli.
It’s actually Cervelli’s second appearance at the position (one inning in 2011) and he’s also logged a handful of innings at third base for New York. It’s not completely foreign to him, and the whole idea isn’t foreign to Girardi, either, since he had Jorge Posada play second base once in 2011 when the Yankees owned a 14 run lead.
Again, this will only be done late in games for strategical purposes or in the case of emergency, but given the Yankees luck early and the rash of injuries around baseball, we may not be far from this setup for New York and similar setups around the league.
Bottom line. Stay healthy out there, guys. We’re begging you.