By George A. King III
TAMPA — The Rays have interest in Rob Refsnyder, whom the Yankees are open to shopping.
Against Tampa on Sunday, the Yankees inserted Refsnyder in the fifth inning to play left. He moved to right an inning later.
At bat, Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and drew a walk.
The Yankees may need to make room on the 40-man roster for shortstop Pete Kozma if he makes the team. Moving Refsnyder would create that space.
Chad Green, who remains a rotation candidate, worked four innings for Single-A Tampa against Bradenton on Sunday. He allowed three earned runs, four hits, walked one and whiffed eight.
When Jacoby Ellsbury left after three innings it wasn’t hard to think there was an injury involved. But the center fielder simply wanted no more than two at-bats and is fine.
Ruben Tejada is the only shortstop not to start a game at the position since Didi Gregorius went down. Tejada started at second base Sunday with mixed results. He made an error and hit a home run. The ex-Met’s chances of sticking are very slim.