The Yankees lost to the Mets on an Ike Davis walk-off homer this afternoon. Ivan Nova was simply awful, with no command of his fastball and lots of hard hit balls. Not even reduced-velocity Michael Pineda was giving up that much hard contact. Nova allowed five runs on eight hits in 2.2 IP and now has two bullpen sessions to figure things out before his first regular season against the Orioles next Monday.
David Phelps only threw 1.1 IP while D.J. Mitchell threw three full innings, making me wonder if Mitchell is the front-runner for the long man spot. Nick Swisher had two hits (double and homer), Eduardo Nunez had another hit, Doug Bernier had two hits, and a bunch of other guys had one knock each. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Spring Training…
- Both Jayson Nix and Dewayne Wise will start the year in Triple-A. They had out clauses in their contracts, but could have only used them if another team offered a 25-man roster spot today. That didn’t happen. Bill Hall doesn’t have an out and will head to Triple-A. [Marc Carig & Jack Curry]
- Both Cesar Cabral (elbow) and Brad Meyers (shoulder) will start the season on the DL. The two Rule 5 Draft picks can not be placed on waivers or returned to their original teams unless they are 100% healthy. [Chad Jennings]
- The roster has to be set by 5pm ET tomorrow, though the last two bullpen spots are really the only positions up for grabs. Clay Rapada is a virtual lock for one. [Carig]
Here is your open thread for the night. All five hockey and basketball locals are playing tonight, plus MLB Network will have a pair of games on later tonight. You folks know how this works by now, so have at it.
[Spanish version of Cano’s commercial is available here]