Prado to play right, but could see time elsewhere

Prado to play right, but could see time elsewhere

BOSTON -- The Yankees are planning on playing Martin Prado as their starting right fielder, a position that he has never tried in a big league game, but manager Joe Girardi believes the veteran's versatility will allow him to make the shift with ease.

"A guy like Martin Prado, who has moved around in his career and has played a lot of different positions, you feel pretty comfortable there," Girardi said.

Prado was expected to land in Boston around 5 p.m. ET on Friday, traveling from Arizona, where he had packed up his belongings in the D-backs' clubhouse. Girardi said that Prado would be available off the bench on Friday.

Girardi said that he would consider using Prado as a reserve at second base and third base, but the Yankees mostly want to see him in right field, where they've been searching for a right-handed hitter since releasing Alfonso Soriano in July.

Prado, who is under contract for two more years at $11 million per season, should also figure into the Yankees' future planning; second baseman Stephen Drew will be a free agent and third baseman Alex Rodriguez's situation is uncertain.

"I usually don't talk about next year, but there's obviously some areas that are available next year that he could fill," Girardi said. "It gives us a lot of flexibility this year, but it gives us a lot of flexibility next year, in a sense. He has played second, he has played third and he will have played right or left."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.