Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes?
The banged-up Yankees would love to have him. General manager Brian Cashman even said so Monday, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
‘‘He'd be perfect,’’ Cashman said at Yankees camp in Tampa. ‘‘I'd take Larry in a heartbeat. I think everybody would.’’
The eight-time All-Star third baseman — better known by his nickname than actual first name — quickly ended such talk.
‘‘Enough with the rumors!’’ Jones tweeted. ‘‘While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I'm happy with life as a bad golfer!’’
Pretty much what everyone figured.
Jones bowed out last fall after playing all 19 seasons in Atlanta, hitting .303 with 468 home runs. A month shy of turning 41, Jones recently spent a few days at spring training with his old team.
In a jam because of injuries, Cashman just threw out the idea.
‘‘I needed to check it off my list. I had to exorcise that demon,’’ he said. ‘‘I got my answer quick — like 30 minutes.’’
A more realistic option is 37-year-old Derrek Lee, who hasn’t played since 2011. Cashman talked to Lee and the first baseman appeared to be intrigued.
‘‘It’s an out-of-the-box thought,’’ Cashman said. ‘‘I just know that he was a Yankee-type of player.”
Dutch advance in WBC
Kalian Sams’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly capped a comeback from a two-run, eighth-inning deficit and lifted the Netherlands past Cuba, 7-6, in Tokyo and into the World Baseball Classic semifinals. The Netherlands is the first European team to reach the final four . . . The United States meets Puerto Rico on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Miami, with the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez getting the start . . . Zack Greinke was scratched from his exhibition start for the Dodgers in Phoenix, and was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow after returning to Los Angeles. An MRI in Arizona last week showed no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons of the elbow.