Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Gary Sheffield, Practicing at 1B, Ready to Swing

New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield, back in uniform and playing first base with the team during infield practice, is ready to start swinging a small lightweight bat, and continues to envision his return to the team before the end of the season. At 37, Sheffield has all but officially lost his right field job to the newly acquired Bobby Abreu, but is seen as a potential first baseman because he has considerable experience playing the infield. Don't expect him to win any gold gloves, though. Sheffield has not played third base since 1993 for Florida, and has not played shortstop since 1989 for Milwaukee.