ARLINGTON, Texas -- Newest New York Yankee Dustin Ackley never really lived up to expectations in Seattle after being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2009 draft.
The 27-year-old outfielder gets a fresh start in the Big Apple following a Thursday trade.
What appeals to Joe Girardi is Ackley’s versatility.
“The guy can play five spots and that’s pretty good,’’ the manager said.
With Seattle, Ackley played all three outfield spots as well as first and second base.
“He hasn’t played much second base lately and would have to work there,’’ Girardi said.
Ackley has 282 career starts at second base and 280 as an outfielder.
With the bat, Ackley is struggling through the worst season of his five-year career (.215 batting average for a .243 career hitter). He averages eight home runs and 40 RBIs per season.
Rotation unsettled: Nathan Eovaldi, originally slated to pitch at the White Sox on Saturday, moved up a day and now will start the opener of the three-game series on Friday.
Ivan Nova remains the Sunday probable. That leaves Saturday with another TBA.
Girardi said there are plenty of options and many factors have to be considered.
“It is not exactly what you want, but we’ll figure it out as we go,’’ the manager said. “We’ve had a lot of guys step up and pitch well.’’
For Thursday night's game at Globe Life Park, the Yankees reloaded the bullpen with right-handed relievers Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody from Triple-A. The vacancies were created by Michael Pineda’s move to the 15-day disabled list and Caleb Cotham’s return to Triple-A.
“They have been aggressive in the trade market,’’ Girardi said. “We’ve got a lot of games with them. But sometimes you see moves not necessarily work out.’’