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Yankees use Robinson Cano at shortstop

Apr 13, 2013, 6:52 PM EST

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Losing Derek Jeter will make you do crazy things. Like use Robinson Cano at shortstop, which the Yankees did in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles after having pinch-hit for Jayson Nix. Catcher Francisco Cervelli took Cano’s spot at second base.

Cano has logged 10,490 defensive innings at the Major League level, all of them at second base. Surprisingly, this is not the first time the Yankees have used a catcher at second base — Jorge Posada played there in 2011 during a 22-9 pounding of the Athletics.

  1. pipkin42 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    In the era of the 12-man pitching staff things like this are gonna happen more often than not, I guess…

    • pipkin42 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Err, more often than it used to is what I meant.

  2. dondada10 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Imagine if free-agent Robinson Cano was a deft shortstop? What sort of contract would that yield?

  3. revansrevenant - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The doom watch continues.

  4. rhmurphy - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Jorge Posada was drafted as a middle infielder. The Yankees just pretend that Cervelli is an infielder when it suits them.

  5. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Cano could switch to shortstop as seamlessly as we can change channels on the TV. His arm is stronger than most starting short stops in the league. He’d master the pivot in 1 week. But, history and legendary status awaits him at 2nd base.

  6. Rich Peters - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Reblogged this on Tricky_Roma.

  7. 13arod - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    he he had a good arm wouldn’t it better for him to play 3rd base

    • surefooted1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Watch the type of atheletes that play SS. Then watch those that play 3B.

      Come back and tell us the difference.

  8. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Middle infielder is more important than a 3rd baseman.

  9. jdrew506 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Funny how the “doom watchers” have not been seen for a couple of days but they loose one game and they start showing up again.

  10. sfm073 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    What’s so crazy about using him at short stop? He’s a great player and great athlete, I’m sure he could be a solid defender at every position if he wanted to.

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