“Not necessarily on a regular basis,” he said. “But might consider him out there a little bit, seeing what it looks like. But I haven’t really considered it much.”
“Look,” he told NJ Advance Media before Tuesday’s game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, “My answer to that is the same answer that I had the first day. They want me to unload the bags off the plane, I’ll do it. If that’s what they want, and there’s a need, then I’m not going to shy away from it.”
A career-long infielder, Carpenter hasn’t played the outfield since getting two games (1 2/3 innings) in right field with the Cardinals. He also played the outfield in 2012, playing 15 games in right field, including 10 starts, and seven games in left field with three starts.
Carpenter has played one game in the field with the Yankees since joining the team May 26, starting at third base in Sunday’s 18-4 win over the Cubs. He’s played six other games at DH and was slated to start there again Tuesday.
“We’ll see. It’s fluid moving forward. …He’s certainly pushing himself into that mix and earning more and more reps,” Boone said. “The thing that I also really like about Matt is that left-handed bat sitting over there on the bench that he seems to be able to go up there, whether he’s played recently or hasn’t and has the ability to give you that quality at-bat off the bench.”