When news first broke of Alex Rodriguez’s MRI and then knowledge of a slighlty torn meniscus, everyone began wondering what do the Yankees do for the next 4-6 weeks? The easy answer is play Eduardo Nunez at 3B, since he filled in so aptly for Derek Jeter while he was on the DL for 18 days with a strained calf, but the answer isn’t that simple. While Nunez, definitely showed he can handle himself at the plate, his defense in his rookie year with the Yankees has been the polar opposite. The other problem that is left with playing Nunez at 3B in Alex’s absence is that bench which at the beginning of the season with Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones showed some veteran depth, the Yankees since Chavez went on the DL in mid-May have been playing with a weakened bench and isn’t exactly that of a Championship caliber team, which has holes. Chavez’s role was to be able to spell the corner infielders, which has been a problem and will continue to be one as long as the Yankees don’t use their minor league system to produce a corner infield role player.
As the Yankees sit now their bench consists of Ramiro Pena (SS), Andruw Jones (OF), Francisco Cervelli (C). This is a humongous problem on a team that is a 1st Place team. Losing Jeter while it was tough given that he is one of the longest tenured Yankees, Captain as well as steady at Short Stop was easy for the Yankees to move Nunez who is a natural SS into the position, but it is resoundingly different to lean on the kid for 4-6 weeks at 3B. The time is now for the Yankees to promote Brandon Laird, who is currently hitting .268 with 10 HRs and 48 RBIs at Scranton-Wilkes Barre. With Laird in the mix, he can play both corner OF positions, while also giving Teixiera a breather at 1B once and a while. Given the nature of calf injuries, Nunez will be needed to spell Jeter at short 2-3 times a week especially since the 1st 8 games of the 2nd Half of the season are being played on turf at Rogers Centre in Toronto and at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
The other thought of some fans is to move Russell Martin to 3B and promote Jesus Montero and use him as the primary Catcher until Rodriguez comes back from the DL, but the problem there is twofold, 1 Montero is on the DL in AAA, 2 Martin isn’t exactly Cody Ransom at 3B.
These are my opinions what are yours leave your comments at the bottom of the page.