Open Thread: 2/28 Camp Notes

Cashman confirms Yankees have made "significant offer" to Cano
Update: Yankees still don't have any interest in Kyle Lohse
Chris Stewart got ejected for arguing a bang-bang play at first. Seriously. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Chris Stewart got ejected for arguing a bang-bang play at first. Seriously. (AP Photo/Nathan Denette)

Bad news: the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays earlier today, their fifth consecutive Grapefruit League loss. More bad news: about an hour later, they lost to the Astros to make it six straight losses. The home loss to Toronto featured two hits by Juan Rivera (single and double) and singles from Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira. David Phelps was the star of the day, throwing three scoreless innings. He had to go to the bullpen afterwards to make sure he reached his pitch count.

The minor leaguer-laden road squad in Kissimmee blew a four-run lead thanks to a grand slam from former Yankee Brandon Laird. Shane Greene served that one up. Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa had two hits apiece, including a three-run homer for Melky2.0. Eduardo Nunez beat out an infield single and pulled the first baseman off the bag with an errant throw. What else is new. Frankie Cervelli threw out a pair of attempted base-stealers and is 4-for-5 in throwing out runners this spring. His throwing has been really, really good so far. Here’s are the box scores (home game, road game) and here is the rest from Tampa…

  • Mariano Rivera threw 18 pitches in a simulated game and was able to test his surgically repaired right knee by fielding a comebacker, fielding a bunt, and covering first base. “This was perfect, now it’s time to do it in a real game,” said Rivera. [Sweeny Murti & George King]
  • CC Sabathia threw a total of 46 pitches across two innings in a simulated game. “I felt a lot better today, just commanding the baseball,” he said, adding he doesn’t “have that little pain in (his elbow) anymore.” Still no word on when he will make his Grapefruit League debut, but I imagine it’ll be relatively soon. [Dave D’Alessandro]
  • Andy Pettitte threw a bullpen session today while Boone Logan is scheduled to face hitters in live batting practice tomorrow. Nothing new on Phil Hughes (bulging disk), he’s still doing his pool workouts with no set date for picking up a ball. [Chad Jennings]
  • Kevin Youkilis (oblique) did some fielding drills and looked fine. I’m guessing he’ll return to the lineup sometime this weekend. [Chad Jennings]
  • In the least surprising news ever, Joe Girardi confirmed Sabathia will start Opening Day. [Mark Feinsand]

Here is tonight’s open thread. All three hockey locals are in action plus MLB Network will air a Spring Training game as well. Talk about any of those games or anything else here. Have at it.

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Cashman confirms Yankees have made "significant offer" to Cano
Update: Yankees still don't have any interest in Kyle Lohse
  • pat

    Mesa hit a 3 run HR.

  • trr

    Look, everyone knows you can’t go crazy over ST losses, but somehow, somewhere deep in my soul, I don’t like losing 6 in a row…ever

    • TomH

      Absolutely right–and especially don’t lose to the team that’s seeking to replace you as Numero Uno.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Love,
        Bill Madden

        • Barry

          I love lamp

          • Pat D

            Fail.

            • Barry

              reply fail

              • Pat D

                Tsk tsk.

                • Barry

                  tsk tsk seafood bisque

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    You two are so cute.

                    • Pat D

                      How do you know? You’ve never seen a picture of me!

                    • jjyank

                      I just assumed you resemble your dog.

                    • Pat D

                      No, he’s much cuter.

  • Eddard: Back and better than never

    No game is insignificant for Chris Stewart. He’s fighting for a starting job and I love the fire and tenacity he displayed today. Cervelli is going to have to pump up the energy if he wants to dethrone Stewart from the starting job.

    Also, Phelpsy was brilliant today. This kid is going to be special. He’s currently in that long man role but should be given a starting job next season when we go cheaper and lose Andy and/or Hiroki. As long as they don’t jerk him around like Joba they have a future star on their hands.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Please provide a link where any scout says that Phelps is a future star.

      Everything I’ve read says he projects to be a back of the rotation starter (not that those aren’t valuable and necessary).

      The “future star” is only in Eddard World (which must rival Fantasyland at Disney).

      • TomH

        Don’t be a pedantic scold. This is a baseball message board, not a scholarly forum.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          *hands Tom “Guide to EddardWorld*
          *turns to Chapter 4: “BIG GAME DAVE PHELPS*
          *accepts “Thank You”

        • jjyank

          Are you not familiar with Eddard?

        • JU

          I’ve always found it ironic that the use of the word pedantic is, in itself, pedantic

    • lightSABR

      Wait–he’s fighting for a starting job, so getting himself thrown out and losing some of the at-bats with which he could have impressed people was a good thing?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Letting people watch him hit only hurts his chances.

        • Havok9120

          ietc

        • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

          /George Costanza’d

        • lightSABR

          +1

  • LitFig

    So long as the MLB and AAA players play well, then the score doesn’t matter in spring training.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Pretty much. Am I really going to lose sleep if Zach Nuding blows a game, or eight?

      Just be ready for Opening Day.

  • Greg

    some Yankee fan in the KLAW chat this morning suggested Gardner, Nova and Phelps for STANTON. makes us all look stupid.

    • Big Member

      wow what a “fan”. trade 2 young arms that throw gas plus on the grittiest player in the game for a right fielder who never had more than 90 RBIs in a single season? my firend you need to turn on your common sense he was probably a miami fan hiding under a yankee fan screen name.

      • Pat D

        This is the funniest thing you’ve ever said. Ever.

        • Barry’s Gift Basket

          Nah, IF this is the real… one, he is kinda losing it.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            All the telling signs are there, including awesome misspellings. I call the real deal.

          • Pat D

            Or he’s been infected with stuart-itis. Mentioning RBI’s is a tell-tale stuart symptom.

            • Barry’s Gift Basket

              Hah probably.

              That’d be so bad. Good ol’ BM >>> stuart a, IMO.

      • soxhata

        Damn.I like Gardner,but calling him gritty is a f@#$ing joke.I will take that deal any day.Phelps,and Nova included-I will take the trade and throw in Cervelli just to get him out of the catching bum mix!

        • Get Phelps Up

          Someone’s new to the Big Member Experience…

    • TomH

      You use semi-colons, commas, and periods; and you capitalie the first letter of surnames. So what’s the objection to capitalizing the first letter of the first word of sentences?

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    All I got out of this is the new Melk Man delivered! Seriously though, I don’t think we need to be all that worried about players who won’t likely see much/any MLB experience blowing leads. ST is about conditioning and getting ready for the season, not about winning games.

  • Anthony

    Can’t help but feel encouraged by Cervelli’s defense. It seems like he’s really put effort into his game. If he does wind up becoming the starting catcher, I don’t think it’ll be such a big downgrade from Martin. Russel had muscle, sure, but IIRC he finished the season with a .210 BA.

    • Barry

      I’m sure he’s desperate to not go back to AAA. seriously all the hater action would stop if he could give a 320 wOBA and average defense.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I would be ecstatic if Cervelli could do that.

        • Barry

          we all would friend

      • Anthony

        I’d sign up for that. He seems to divide opinion on here but I’ve grown to like the guy (I guess the Italian heritage doesn’t hurt, either). Would love for him to contribute this year for sure.

        • Barry

          as an Irishman I’m rooting for him because I like Italian chicks.. it would be ideal for him to contribute at this point, hope for the best and expect the worst.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ve never disliked him. I very much like what he’s shown thus far this spring. Fingers crossed.

          • Barry

            toes are more effective

          • Anthony

            Same. I think some people were a bit taken back with all his “enthusiasm”, lol. I mean if a pitcher can do somersaults or shoot a pretend arrow into the sky Cervelli is nothing compared to that. Can’t say much about what we can reasonably expect out of him but like you hoping for the best.

            • Manny’s Banwagon

              Sure his throwing and hitting has been good but the real question is how’s his pitch framing been?

              • teds ham sandwich

                Sure his throwing and hitting has been good but the real question is how’s his bitch framing been indeed

                • Barry

                  if he was in Scranton four st patty’s day last year his framing was surely tight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ll settle for a pablos ham sandwich at this point.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Here’s as far as I’ll go talking about video games: I just installed Real Racing 3 on my IPad. GT feel, but Ridge Racer-style powersliding? Sign me up. SUPERB graphics for the IPad, I must say.

    • jjyank

      *looks up from playing Dishonored*

      *shrugs*

      *assassinates an evil tyrant by stopping time, possessing his body, and moving him in front of his own bullet*

      Hm, what? :P

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, whatever.

        • jjyank

          Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’ll get off your lawn now.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            You rascally kids.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Then behead him and play the head bouncing game!

  • dkidd

    thanks to tilapia and pat d for the wrestling recommends

    i’m checking out ring of honor, chikara, and will be going to some pro wrestling guerrilla events in l.a.

    can’t wait to witness the madness in person

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s been a few years, but I’ve been to ROH a couple of times. Really devoted audience. They have some sort of TV show now but, back then, the fans only followed the storylines from going to the shows. They knew every wrestler, had a thousand different cheers, etc. It was something.

      I’ve heard they’ve lost a step, but several very big names used to be part of ROH. I got to see CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, the now Antonio Cesaro, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, and Mickie James before they hit it big. They both take it seriously and have a ton of fun with it all.

      Have a blast. It’s good, completely mindless fun.

  • Pat D

    Reprisal from last night:

    Is this the real life?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Or is just just fantasy?

      sorry I couldn’t help myself

      • Barry

        or is it both?

        • Jim Is Bored

          *BUZZ*

          Oooh sorry, the correct response was : “Caught in a landslide.”