LAKELAND, Fla. — Gleyber Torres is moving back home to second base from shortstop this year, but on Monday he briefly added right field to his repertoire.
The Yankees, who have at times faced a four-man outfield in recent years, tried out defensive alignment themselves in an at-bat against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
That meant Torres ventured into right field as a fourth outfielder, while right fielder Ender Inciarte moved to right center and the rest of the outfield was shifted accordingly. Shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined up in flat right field and third baseman Phil Evans was all alone on the left side of the infield.
“We flirted with it a bit and almost made it a couple of times, but felt like we didn’t have the right staff [in the past]said manager Aaron Boone. “But we’ve been thinking about it a little more this spring.”
The result of the game was a fly-out for left fielder Miguel Andujar, but Boone said the combination of a fly-ball pitcher in Deivi Garcia and a fly-ball bat in Robbie Grossman required the alignment the Rays are known for use .
“We feel like there are a few places where it would be useful,” Boone said.
The Yankees worked with Torres and Kiner-Falefa in the outfield on Sunday to prepare them for Monday’s cameo. Torres said he last played outfield in little league.
“I wish I could get some flyballs next time,” he said.
A day after signing a minor league deal with the Yankees, Shelby Miller threw a bullpen session Monday and looked “hot,” according to Boone. The former All-Star is likely to host live batting practice on Wednesday and could step into a Grapefruit League game as early as Friday.
Miller said he would throw from the bullpen, first at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 31-year-old has struggled in recent years but is hoping a new slider and more aggressive pitching will help him get back into shape.
“It’s all about being efficient and effective,” Miller said at the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. “I think everything is good data wise and analytically – probably the best I’ve experienced in my career. It’s all about going out and getting out racquets and advancing in counts. I haven’t really done that in recent years.”
Miller noted he had a good fastball as a young pitcher, but not much about it, which is why he developed a slider that he started throwing last year.
“I think there’s still enough in the tank,” Miller said.
Joely Rodriguez, who was recently out with a pinched nerve in his neck that the Yankees believe was the cause of a drop in speed, threw a live batting practice Monday.
“It was more like 91-93 [mph]so back in the right direction, which was good to see,” pitching coach Matt Blake said.
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