Neil Walker, who already is able to play first and second base, is now taking reps at third base to increase his chances of getting at-bats once Greg Bird (ankle) returns. Bird started his rehab assignment on Thursday night.
Walker has taken some time to find his footing in the batter's box in pinstripes but appears to be heading in the right direction. Over the last six games, Walker is 6-15 with two doubles and three RBI. He now owns a batting average of .200 for the season, with no home runs and eight RBI.
Bird, 25, is yet to make his season debut. He also missed most of last season with an ankle injury and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur. Last year, he hit .190 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 48 games. Prior to that, Bird hit .261 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games in 2015.
Last season, Walker started four games at third base. Brandon Drury and Ronald Torreyes, like Walker, have already displayed the ability to play multiple positions across the diamond.
Between Walker, Drury and Torreyes, manager Aaron Boone will have no shortage of options with his versatile infield.