With just under two weeks left in spring training, Joe Girardi is not going to rush when choosing who he wants to be the Yankees' backup infielders to start the season. As of now, the battle can be won by almost anyone, and Girardi said before Wednesday's gam against the Atlanta Braves that the "decision is still up in the air."
Girardi said on Wednesday that Dean Anna, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler all remain in the mix -- he listed their names alphabetically so no one could read into the comment.
Eduardo Nunez has seen the most big league time out of the group, and figures to be the front-runner right now. He, along with Anna, Wheeler, Sizemore and Solarte have all been playing pretty well this spring, especially Solarte, who is hitting everything that is thrown his way.
"One of the difficult things now is, you're evaluating these guys, the at-bats are less and less, because your starters are playing more and more," Girardi said. "You might have to move some starters to some different spots or have them play in some Minor League games just so that they can get reps."
Sizemore came into the spring on an easy workload for the Yankees to build up as he tries to come back from a twice-torn ACL, that limited his playing time last season, and now he's dealing with quad issue. He doesn't think of it to be anything serious, though, and hopes to be playing again be the end of the week.
Brendan Ryan, who will mostly be Derek Jeter's back up at shortstop this season, is also dealing with an oblique issue, but is expected to be in the Yankees' lineup tomorrow when the Yankees travel down to Fort Myers to face the Boston Red Sox.