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Yankees rookie Oswaldo Cabrera working at first base now

With the Yankees down two first basemen, they’re giving one in every of their most versatile younger gamers a shot at the position.

Oswaldo Cabrera, who has already began video games at proper subject, shortstop, third base and second base since making his MLB debut final month, hung out working at first base on Friday afternoon with infield coach Travis Chapman.

Cabrera has by no means performed a recreation at first base in his skilled career, however with DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo on the injured record, the Yankees got here to the rookie in the previous couple of days and informed him they needed to get him some apply time there. The 23-year-old was up for the problem.

“Obviously Oswaldo is a pretty talented defender, but we want to have that option over there, see what it looks like, get him some reps over there just in case something comes up here over the next week where we see an avenue there,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated earlier than the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Rays.

When requested if Cabrera can be an emergency possibility or a possible common starter, Boone stated, “We’ll see.”

Oswaldo Cabrera
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Though LeMahieu shall be out for at least the subsequent week, the Yankees have been nonetheless ready to search out out on Friday afternoon if Rizzo can be cleared to start ramping up after he skilled complications from the epidural he not too long ago obtained for his again points.

The Yankees began Marwin Gonzalez (0-for-4) at first base for the third straight recreation Friday towards the Rays whereas Ronald Guzman and, to a lesser extent Miguel Andujar, are their different choices at the position.

Cabrera has seemed clean defensively wherever he has performed for the Yankees, together with proper subject, the place he had not performed earlier than this season.

“He’s smart, he’s able to slow the game down for a younger player,” Boone stated. “Plays the game with a lot of poise, with a lot of confidence. We’ve already thrown him into some unique situations as a rookie player and he’s handled them superbly. So it wouldn’t surprise me if he went over there and handled himself well.”

Cabrera used Gonzalez’s first-base mitt on Friday, however had plans to get his personal quickly.

“I think it’s different, way different than the other positions I play,” Cabrera stated. “But it’s just about [getting] reps every day, to practice and see the game.”


Giancarlo Stanton (foot) was out of the beginning lineup for a fourth straight recreation Friday, however pinch-hit for a second straight recreation, grounding out within the sixth inning. Boone stated he was hopeful Stanton may return to the lineup at some level this weekend.


If all the things goes in keeping with plan, Harrison Bader (plantar fasciitis) will start a rehab project on Sunday, probably with Double-A Somerset.

The heart fielder, who final performed on June 26 (for the Cardinals), will want at least per week’s value of rehab video games, in keeping with Boone.

That would go away Bader with, at most, two weeks of MLB video games earlier than coming into the postseason.


Before the sport Friday, the Yankees positioned Jose Trevino on the paternity record and recalled Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rortvedt had but to make his Yankees debut after being a part of the blockbuster commerce in March with the Twins. When he joined the Yankees in spring coaching, he had a strained indirect (resulting in their commerce for Trevino) after which had arthroscopic surgical procedure to restore {a partially} torn meniscus in May.


Josh Donaldson is predicted to return from the paternity record on Saturday.

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