HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Chuck Knoblauch is still Joe Torre's second baseman, even if he still has throwing problems.
"I'm not about to give up on him ... I'm a long way from that," the Yankees manager said Tuesday before New York played the Kansas City Royals.
Knoblauch didn't make the trip, a day after making four bad throws -- two for errors -- during an 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He has four throwing errors in his past three games.
"Overall, I think his attitude is fine," Torre said. "There's no question this is something that's there. ... He's just going to have to fight through it. I don't see any other answer."
Knoblauch made 15 errors last season, mostly on throws, and went on the disabled list in early August with a right elbow strain. He did not play second base during the postseason, serving as New York's designated hitter, except for the three World Series game at Shea Stadium, where there was no DH.
"It's the middle of March yet, and I see too many good things from him to take something away from him," Torre said. "He's healthy. Last year we still had that double-edged sword, the psychological part and the health part. You're balancing that. You didn't know what to blame on it."
Knoblauch worked out Tuesday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa.
"It's going to take longer than this year to go away," Torre said. "He might not make a bad throw from now until July and throw a ball in the stands and there is going to be someone that's going to remind him. That's part of what's happening here."
Knoblauch's next scheduled game is Thursday night.
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