Update (1:28 PM EST): Rodriguez was unable to handle a throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius on a Mike Napoli ground ball to lead off the top of the second inning. He was charged with an error.
Following Friday night’s 19-inning saga, the Yankees have made an interesting lineup decision for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez will bat clean-up and play in the field… at first base.
As MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch notes, this will be A-Rod’s first start in the field since September 10, 2013 and his first start anywhere other than third base, shortstop, or DH in 2,573 career games.
Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run on Thursday and has a .955 OPS in 16 plate appearances to start the season. He sat out the entire 2014 season due to a suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis.