LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Andujar started at first base for the initial time this exhibition season in Thursday’s 15-11 loss to the Tigers, but he will likely focus more on left field and third base.
Andujar was charged with a fielding error on a catchable throw.
“Right now it is a little bit of a priority to get him back in the outfield and get him those reps and making sure we get him back to third as well,’’ Aaron Boone said of Andujar, who went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Boone has been impressed with Andujar moving around in left.
“The work’s been really good, his progress has been really good. We’re really excited about what we’re seeing,’’ Boone said.
Rosell Herrera remains a long shot to make the 26-man roster but his versatility has forced the Yankees to look at him.
“Really good at-bats, both sides of the plate. He’s played a good third when he’s been over there. He’s moved well in the outfield. He’s at second today, I think I have him in right [Friday],’’ Boone said before Herrera went 2-for-3. “So, yeah, just want to get him moving around and, hopefully, he continues to build on what’s been a really good start to spring for him.’’
After the game, Boone said of Herrera, “He certainly has gotten our attention, and that is a good thing.’’
Herrera, a 27-year-old switch hitter with 149 games of big-league experience with the Reds, Royals and Marlins, has played 90 games in the outfield, 19 at second, six at third and one at short.
In order to be on the Opening Day roster, Herrera would have to be added to the 40-man roster and somebody else deleted.
James Paxton said he could start playing catch by the end of this week or the early part of next week.
“Everything is going really well,’’ said Paxton, who had lower-back surgery Feb. 5.
The Yankees reassigned catchers Wynston Sawyer and Kellin Deglan to their minor league camp.