TAMPA – Giancarlo Stanton’s future appears to be entirely a DH, but he worked in right field on Tuesday, the first full workout at Yankees camp.
And manager Aaron Boone said that despite Stanton’s injury history, he believes he is still capable of playing the outfield.
“I don’t want him to resign as being a complete DH,” Boone said. “[If] He can continue to be athletic and be an option on defense, I don’t think that is out of the question. “
Stanton dealt with a number of leg issues, especially in his time with the Yankees. He showed his ability at the plate when he was physically the last postseason.
“Last year, we felt he was in a position to help us defensively when needed,” Boone said of the playoffs. “I will not deny this season.”
So far, however, the Yankees have had a little bang for their buck from Stanton, and since they should have depth in the outfield, they may be better served as DHs.
“It could be something to help you stay more healthy, being able [play defense], ‘Boone said.
Gerrit Cole came out of his first live batting practice. “I felt good,” said Cole, who threw Gary Sanchez.
“I didn’t talk to them about the changes they made [defensively], ‘Cole said. “He is super-focused in camp. He is communicating to pitchers in bullpens and live BP, and is getting on the right track and stepping forward.”
Yankee Asha has had better results in her second year of working with Cole and Sanchez.
Aaron Judge said he was “excited” to hear that Clint Frazier is expected to be the starting left fielder.
“Clint’s a special talent,” Judge said. He said, “He has got speed, speed [and] Power. He is fantastic in the outfield [with] Great instinct. Want to see him grow and improve [on defense]. He is looking for weaknesses … and he attacks it. “