Yankees utility man Garrett Jones.
By Brendan Kuty
NEW YORK — It’s a question that comes up maybe once or twice a year:
If the Yankees run out pitchers, which position player would take the mound first?
The answer would have been utility man Garrett Jones Friday. That’s because the Yankees were out of options near the end of what ended up a 19-inning, 6-hour and 49-minute loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Jones was seen stretching out his left arm in the Yankees’ dugout in the top of the 19th inning. Esmil Rogers, who threw 80 pitches total, was about to face his last batter of the night in long relief, Girardi said. If Rogers hadn’t gotten Dustin Pedroia out, it would have been Jones’ turn.
“That was the only place we could go,” Girardi said.
The lefty-throwing Jones, a seven-year veteran, has never thrown a pitch professionally. He had entered the game in the 10th inning, replacing Alex Rodriguez as the designated hitter.
The Yankees had used all seven of their relievers at that point and were scheduled to face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.