TAMPA, Fla. -- Bringing Eric Chavez to camp figures to lock up most of the remaining roster spots for position players, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi does not want to call off the competitions just yet.
"You're still trying to find guys in Spring Training, because you've got to prepare in case someone gets hurt," Girardi said. "I still look at it the same way."
Chavez should take a backup role at the corner infield spots, and Eduardo Nunez is in line as a backup middle infielder who can also see time at other positions.
Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez are on the bench as spare outfielders and as the club's platoon at designated hitter, and Girardi has said that he sees Francisco Cervelli as the front-runner for the backup catcher job.
That creates an uphill climb for non-roster invitees like Russell Branyan and Bill Hall, as well as returning names like Chris Dickerson, Justin Maxwell and others. Girardi said that there is plenty of time for things to change.
"They're going to get a fair shake to try to make this club," Girardi said. "We'll have to make some decisions, but I don't see why someone couldn't play their way on. I don't want anyone ever coming in our camp like they don't have a chance."