With a strong desire to contribute in whatever way he can, Alex Rodriguez is trying out a brand new position with the Yankees.
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, fresh off his reinstatement with the team, is working out at first base for the Yankees at their spring training facility.
The former Yankees third baseman, fresh off his one-year suspension from Major League Baseball for steroid use, is back with the team in Spring training and trying out first base for the first time in his life.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not indicate to the media if having A-Rod play first base was just an experiment or something he intends to see through in order to give him a chance to be a major part of the team’s future.
“I don’t know if and when I will do it, but I do want to get a look at it,” Girardi said. “We’re going to do it, but we’re going to see how he feels, continue to talk to him, make sure he feels comfortable.”
The fact that Rodriguez is being tried at first base could also be an indication that Yankees starting first baseman Mark Teixeira is not as healthy as he seems or that the team is hedging their bets in case Teixeira suffers another injury.
Prior to joining the Yankees in 2004, Rodriguez played the majority of his career at shortstop with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He won two Golden Gloves and seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop, as well as three Silver Sluggers as a third baseman.
Before the opening of training camp, Rodriguez apologized to the Yankees organization and fans for his steroid-related suspension.