Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera rotated between playing third base and second base Wednesday because Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores were unavailable due to left rib injuries.
D'Arnaud, who had never started a game at either position, texted David Wright prior to the game to get permission to use his third basemen's glove.
"Use it well," Wright replied "Dive for everything."
In situations when a right-handed batter was at the plate, Terry Collins put D'Arnaud at second base, while Cabrera played third, where a ground ball was more likely to be hit. Then, when a left-handed batter stepped to the plate, the two infielders switched positions, again so Cabrera could be at second where he was more likely to get a ground ball.
Aug 16, 2017; Collins before a game against the Yankees at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
"I thought it was really smart on Terry's part," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "D'Arnaud's never played the infield. So, I think they were trying to give him the least amount of chances possible. He got one and he made it. ... I thought it was brilliant."
D'Arnaud, who played two games at first base in the minors in 2012, had never played a position in the field aside from catcher in the majors.
"I'll do whatever I can to help the team win, whatever they feel is necessary," said d'Arnaud, who is only the fourth Mets player to appear at catcher, third and second base during the same season. "It was fun. I wish we would have won, though."
In total, Cabrera and d'Arnaud switched spots 22 times during the nine-inning game.