TAMPA — Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been impressed with Miguel Andujar’s attitude about possibly being used as a utility player — playing first base and left field, in addition to third base.
“His openness to do it is one of the things that we liked,’’ Boone said. “When we first broached the subject with him, he was excited about it and even told us he had started to do some things on his own. I feel like he has the athletic ability to do it. To be able to move around and hopefully add to his versatility. And with the quality and the depth of our roster, it could be something that’s important not only for him, but potentially for us, too.’’
And Boone said he isn’t concerned about Gleyber Torres going from second base back to shortstop.
“He’s kind of handled everything that’s been thrown his way and then some,’’ Boone said. “I think the only thing he has left now to do is show that he’s capable of being an everyday shortstop for an entire season. We know he can handle it, but now it’s just going and doing the routine all the time. I’m confident he’ll take that next step.”
Boone said he hasn’t decided how often he’ll use Giancarlo Stanton, who is coming off a season in which he was sidetracked by injuries, in the outfield.
“I’m confident he’s healthy,’’ Boone said. “I’m not sure yet on what that’ll look like in games.”
Boone said he’d factor in matchups and who needs a day off, but added Stanton will play a “fair amount” of games at designated hitter.
“We have a lot of people to put in the field,’’ Boone said. “But, certainly, we feel good about him playing the outfield and feel like he’ll be healthy enough to do that on a regular basis if we needed him.”
Though left-hander Jordan Montgomery figures to enter spring training the leading candidate to become the fifth starter in James Paxton’s absence, Boone wouldn’t rule out some of their other young pitchers, including Deivi Garcia and Mike King, as well as more established starters, such as Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga.
“A lot of guys that we’ve added to our 40-man [roster] that we’ve been excited about for several years [will be considered],’’ Boone said. “And it wouldn’t be farfetched to at some point see one or more of those guys impact our rotation, our bullpen, whatever it may be. But I guess my point is, we feel like we have a lot of good options and we’re a ways away from making that decision.”
Boone also said Paxton’s recovery from back surgery is going well.
Luis Severino’s 2019 season was severely impacted by shoulder and lat injuries in 2019, as he made just three regular-season starts.
“For me, this is a key year,” Severino said. “The main thing for me this year is being healthy all the way to the playoffs and World Series.”
RHP Tony Zych was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2018 and has not pitched professionally since 2017. He appeared in 70 games from 2015-17.
Starting with Thursday’s first official workout and continuing for a week, Steinbrenner Field will be open for fans to watch the Yankees practice in the main stadium. Gates will open at 10 a.m., and the stadium will be open until the end of the workout. There will be no charge.
For all home spring training games, gates will open at Steinbrenner Field two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. The Yankees’ spring schedule opens Feb. 22 against the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field at 1:05 p.m.