Aaron Boone gave Urshela, still technically in recovery from bone spur surgery, a chance to show off a skill we never knew he had Tuesday.
The skipper penciled him into the shortstop spot to start the Yankees’ game against the Tigers, and after we picked our collective jaw up off the floor and tried to get inside Tyler Wade’s head, we came ready to dissect his efforts.
You’re not gonna believe this, but … smooth sailing.
Urshela fielded a number of grounders with his trademark ease, flipping to second for the force and taking care of the runner at first whenever he was called upon.
Oh, yeah: he also found his sea legs at the plate and went 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI in a perfect afternoon.
After the game, when quizzed on what it was like to take Gleyber Torres’ reins for a day, Urshela was nothing but smiles. In fact, he even surprised himself.
That’ll put you at ease! Although … not wonderfully high expectations of himself entering the day, but still!
Could Gio Urshela really play shortstop for the Yankees?
Aaron Boone claims the “Urshela at shortstop” experiment was only for when the Yankees are “in a pinch.” Unfortunately, Wade’s very existence at this point seems to qualify as a pinch, as the part-timer was left in longer than the rest of the starters Tuesday and given a chance to prove himself … only to go 0-for-4 yet again.
The offense has become agonizing, leaving many to wonder, “Do the Yankees really intend to build this bench around their worst player?”
Clearly, Boone needed a look at Urshela in the hole before spring wrapped, and the grounders hit his way Tuesday were truly the only thing of consequence that’s happened at camp in several days.
We liked what we saw, and Urshela liked the experience.
As unlikely — and as unfeasible, roster-wise — as it is, we’d really like to experience any solution that sends Wade to the minors to start the year.
We’d opt against Urshela at short, but hey … if that’s what it takes.