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Mark Reynolds will start at second base for the Yankees on Wednesday night

Mark Townsend
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Mark Reynolds turns a double play at second base on Tuesday. (USA Today)

Just when you thought the New York Yankees injury woes were finally calming down, Tuesday in Toronto night happened.

First, All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was forced to leave the game in the first inning after being struck on the hand by a J.A. Happ pitch. X-rays were negative, which allowed Yankees fans to breath a sigh of relief, but his status will be up in the air for a few days.

With Cano out, New York's only true backup infielder on the roster, Eduardo Nunez, entered the game as his replacement. However, in the ninth inning, he was also forced to leave the game after tweaking his right knee while running the bases. That left manager Joe Girardi with Mark Reynolds as his only option to finish the game at second base.
Yes, the same Mark Reynolds who once committed 34 errors while playing third base for the Arizona Diamondbacks. And yes, the same Mark Reynolds who has committed 19 errors in 235 career games at first base.

Needless to say, Reynolds' fielding doesn't pay his bills.

Sure, the Yankees were able to get by just fine in one inning on Tuesday — Reynolds' third one inning appearance at second base in seven years. In fact, Reynolds helped turn a double play to close out New York's 7-1 victory. But there's no doubt they were hoping to avoid using Reynolds at the position for an entire game on Wednesday.

No such luck.

All I can really add is this: When fans are wondering if Alfonso Soriano is still a possibility to log time at second base, you know you have a conundrum of epic proportions.

Believe me, that would not be a good idea at all, but it appears the Yankees are one more little tweak away from that possibility becoming a reality.

Bottom line, if there was ever a night for Hiroki Kuroda to reach double digit strikeouts for the first time this season and keep the pressure off his defense, this is definitely it.

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