Prior to Friday night’s contest, Boone told reporters that there is a good chance that Judge will see some playing time in centerfield. While Hicks and Ellsbury are sidelined, it is very likely that the Yankees mix-and-match with their outfield rotation.
Throughout his professional career, Judge has seen the majority of his playing time in right field. However, he did make 11 appearances in center during his time in the minors, and saw some playing time at the position during his collegiate career at Fresno State University.
During spring training, Judge was asked about possibly playing another position. No matter what position he plays, the 25-year-old seems up to the challenge.
Here’s what @thejudge44 said this spring about playing another OF position:
“In college, I played center and left. It wasn’t until pro ball that I started playing right. I’m familiar with it all. I’m primarily a centerfielder, but I’ll stay in right or left, it doesn’t matter.”
The Yankees outfield situation will be one of the major storylines in baseball over the next couple of weeks. Although Boone didn’t go into much detail, it remains to be seen just how the Yankees plan on using their star outfielder over the next few weeks.