Spring Training Game Thread: Jeter back at DH

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

This afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals is notable for two reasons. First, Derek Jeter is back in the lineup as the DH just two days after making his Spring Training. I wondered if the Yankees would give him two or three days between games — even just as the DH — following his late-October ankle surgery, so I suppose playing again so soon is an indication he and his ankle are feeling well.

Secondly, Ronnie Mustelier is at third base again. It will be his fourth game at the hot corner since Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury, and the Yankees have admitted they are giving him a look at the position prior to Opening Day. Will it work? Who the hell knows. It is certainly worth a shot though. Here’s the starting lineup…

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. SS Eduardo Nunez
  6. C Chris Stewart
  7. 2B Corban Joseph
  8. 3B Ronnie Mustelier
  9. CF Slade Heathcott

On the mound is New York’s top right-hander, Hiroki Kuroda. Here are the second stringers, courtesy of Chad Jennings.

Available Pitchers: RHP David Robertson, RHP Joba Chamberlain, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Cody Eppley, RHP Dellin Betances, and LHP Francisco Rondon will all come out of the bullpen. Robertson is notable given his recent shoulder scare.

Available Position Players: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Luke Murton, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Matt Diaz, CF Ramon Flores, RF Zoilo Almonte, and DH Travis Hafner are all scheduled to come off the bench.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES, ESPN, and (no local blackout). Lots of viewing options today. Enjoy the game.


  1. Chien Ming The Merciless says:

    Dear Slade,

    Don’t crash into anyone or anything.

    Chien Ming The Merciless

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Shouldn’t Chien Ming be warning everyone and their grandmother to be careful rounding third?

      • Chien Ming The Merciless says:

        Dear Captain,

        Please be careful rounding third. Believe me it’s not as easy as it looks.

        Chien Ming The Merciless

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    No game audio available on At Bat?

  3. MannyGeee says:

    More concerning all together is that RHOFRM is batting all the way down in the 8 hole…


    • Barry's Gift Basket says:

      Come on, Where do you want him? hitting 6th??
      Please, with all his power that’s Stewi’s spot.

      (I know Stewart is probably there just to get his at bats sooner)

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Nice play by Joseph

  5. trr says:

    Ronnie Mustelier is at third base again….I think I like it

  6. jjyank says:


  7. Jersey Joe says:

    Can I ask a question?

    Why is Addison Mazursack still here?

    The game yesterday (BOTTOM 9 2 OUT 2 RISP) was Arod-like. Why is he still in camp?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      If you look in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary under “late inning spring fill-in to rest the guys that actually matter,” there’s a picture of Addison Mazursack.

      I know it’s odd that there’s an entry in the dictionary for that, but there it is, between “late” and “later.”

  8. Get Phelps Up says:

    Eddard must not approve of you calling Hiroki and not Nova or Phelps the Yankees top right hander…

  9. Barry says:

    Jeter looks to be running fine. Not running at full speed but his stride looks natural.

  10. Barry says:

    solid hit by the ichhhhhiro

  11. Ethan says:

    Not that I’m complaining but when was the last time Michael Kay did a broadcast? It seems like a while. Again, not complaining just curious. Singelton and Cone are a great combo.

  12. jjyank says:

    Ichiro could hit 50 homers a year if he really wanted to.

  13. The Real Greg says:

    Kuroda’s got that splitter working

  14. Barry says:

    Kuroda is throwing dirty..

  15. Ethan says:

    It’s weird, Steward doesn’t put his right hand behind his back on the pitch. He’s just waiting for the batter to smack it

  16. rick springfiels says:

    Would Matt Adams be a good trade target for the Yankees? He’s blocked in St. Louis but has a big bat. Could fill the void at first.

  17. Barry says:

    “He actually had a lower catcher’s ERA than Martin last year.”
    The Empire’s propaganda machine is spooling up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      It is worth noting that of the Yankees top 10 pitchers in IP last year, everyone but Logan had a better ERA with Stewart than Martin, with most being significantly better with Stewart.


    • PaulOhrndorff says:

      But is it inaccurate propaganda?

  18. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy Hiroki.

  19. Get Phelps Up says:

    I love you Coney, but please stop saying nice things about Chris Stewart.

  20. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    Oh FUCK no, not Derek Lee. PLEASE not Derek Lee.

  21. jjyank says:

    Loving what I’m seeing from Hirok right now.

  22. Barry says:

    Musty is gritty lol

  23. Nate says:

    Ronnier reminds me of Charlie Hayes.

  24. teddy says:

    great at bat by Slade

  25. The Real Greg says:

    Second pitch wasn’t a strike

  26. The Real Greg says:

    And that looked awfully familiar

  27. forensic says:

    Nice job ump. Was it really not obvious enough for you that he tagged him with an empty glove since he was already in his throwing motion when he touched him???

  28. JLC 776 says:

    I can’t see the game due to blackout, but I like that Kuroda has 6 Ks through 4. Hopefully his stuff looks good.

  29. The Real Greg says:


  30. jjyank says:


  31. Eddard says:

    Kenny and Coney are 100% right. The team needs to be based on speed, contact hitting, situational hitting, all things that were lacking last season. Perhaps these injuries and FA losses will make the offense better as there won’t be as many boom or bust guys like Swisher and Martin striking out. Instead, you’ve got guys like Youk and Ichiro who can give you selective power.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Swisher was an OBP guy. Hardly boom or bust.

      Calling Ichiro’s power “selective” is like calling Rush Limbaugh’s liberal side “selective”.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Lol if you think the offense is going to be better this year.
      No amount of baserunning and situational hitting is going to make up for all of the total offense they lost.

      • Barry says:

        It’s not going to be better but it’s not going to be drastically worse than last year.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          Before the Tex and Granderson injuries, I probably would have agreed.
          Factoring those in, it has the potential to get really ugly early on.

          • Barry says:

            They won’t be gone for very long comparatively and there are enough wild cards in the line-up. Losing the offense early in the year is overrated because early year is pitching dominant anyway.

        • Jim Is Bored says:

          I think most people realize it’s going to be worse. The real disagreement is how much.

  32. Jacob the OG says:

    So I don’t know what everyone else thinks but this is my take: I thought Betances looked good(what else could he be compared to last season) and under command against the first three batters of his inning, but when they botched the 3rd out and he was forced to pitch from the stretch he looked a bit wild. So maybe his problem is only from the stretch?

  33. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    And now Ben Francisco enters the Yankee OF fray.

  34. Barry says:

    This Ump has a really generous zone, no?

  35. PaulOhrndorff says:

    How about a Musty/Johnson/Youk rotation at the corner IF spot?

    Johnson at 1B and Youk at 3B vs righthanders

    Youk at 1B, Musty at 3B vs lefties.

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