Spring Training Game Thread: Jeter back at DH

Update: Yanks have asked about Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen
2013 Season Preview: The Left Fielders
(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 MLB.tv (no local blackout). Lots of viewing options today. Enjoy the game.

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  • Chien Ming The Merciless

    Dear Slade,

    Don’t crash into anyone or anything.

    Thanks,
    Chien Ming The Merciless

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

      • Chien Ming The Merciless

        Dear Captain,

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

        Thanks,
        Chien Ming The Merciless

  • Robinson Tilapia

    No game audio available on At Bat?

    • MannyGeee

      They are kinda killing me this spring. A lot of missing radio games and no WBC coverage.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        But it’s on TV everywhere. That’s just ass dumb.

  • MannyGeee

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

    GENERATIONAL HITTERZ BAT IN TEH 3 HOLEZ!!!!!!!

    • Barry’s Gift Basket

      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)

  • The Real Greg

    Nice play by Joseph

  • trr

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

  • jjyank

    HIROK

  • Jersey Joe

    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

      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.”

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • Barry

      Phelps will be number 1 next year. duh

  • Barry

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

  • Barry

    solid hit by the ichhhhhiro

    • Barry

      Also he should make his batting music Tokyo Drift

    • forensic

      I thought it was going to get out, but just missed.

  • Ethan

    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.

    • Barry

      He’s got a radio show in NY doesn’t he?

    • Eddard

      He probably doesn’t do Spring Training games. I never watched them last year but that would be my guess. He also doesn’t travel west of the Mississippi for regular season games. And he’s never had ketchup. Hates all condiments.

    • forensic

      I think he only did the spring opener.

      And of course as I write this they said he’ll be back for Wednesday’s game, with Al Leiter.

      • Eddard

        Yeah, they just announced he’ll be calling an upcoming game. Maybe Kenny does it for a couple weeks and then Kay takes over to give him a break.

  • jjyank

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

    • Barry

      Musty the great, future face of Old Spice, could hit 75.

  • The Real Greg

    Kuroda’s got that splitter working

  • Barry

    Kuroda is throwing dirty..

  • Ethan

    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

    • Barry

      Almost threw that runner out at 3rd though, not many catchers would even attempt to throw on that steal.

  • rick springfiels

    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.

    • Barry

      He’s unproven and would eventually be perpetually blocked here too so why pay anything for him?

      • pablos massive load samwich

        He’s lactating and would eventually be perpetually blocked here too so why pay anything for him?

        • jjyank

          This one might be my favorite.

          • Jim Is Bored

            I laughed at it

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

            I laughed and I’m still laughing. Best samwich post ever. HFS.

  • Barry

    “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)

      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.

      /slightglimmerofhope

    • PaulOhrndorff

      But is it inaccurate propaganda?

  • jjyank

    ‘Atta boy Hiroki.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • Jim Is Bored

      But his mom might be listening!

    • Havok9120

      The booth guys all sing the guy’s praises. It’s painful to listen to.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

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

    • Jim Is Bored

      But what about Derrek Lee?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)

        Not him either.

  • jjyank

    Loving what I’m seeing from Hirok right now.

  • Barry

    Musty is gritty lol

    • jjyank

      I’m curious, is that what Girardi has been calling him, or is this your own creation?

      • Barry

        My own creation, I don’t want to take the time to spell his name out fully and correctly every time.

        • jjyank

          Don’t worry, I’m sure Girardi will pick up on that in short order.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Instapoll:

            Ronnie or Musty?

            • jjyank

              Musty, for sure.

              Which reminds me, if he makes the team…what will Sterlings home run call for him be?

              • Get Phelps Up

                A goner for Ronnier!

                • jjyank

                  Isn’t Ronnier pronounced like “Ron-ee-ay”? If that’s right, I think Sterling will go with something that rhymes. Maybe “Ronnier, up, up, and away!”

                  Should be interesting to hear.

                  • Get Phelps Up

                    Well I was thinking of pronouncing goner as gonea-ay, but your idea is good too.

            • Jim Is Bored

              Oh man. That’s tough.

              But I think I vote Musty.

          • Barry

            Aren’t you a lawyer? Trademark it for me and we can split it 50/50 when the yankees give us a few bucks to use it.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              He told me he was doctor and/or lawyer.

            • jjyank

              A lawyer? Oh hell no, I have no desire to go to law school.

              • Barry

                Damn was hoping.. Find us a lawyer we need to bank this.

  • Nate

    Ronnier reminds me of Charlie Hayes.

    • Barry

      I take him as more of a willie mays hayes type

    • Greg

      I definitely see it. Same look, build and mannerisms, similar skill set too, offensively at least.

  • teddy

    great at bat by Slade

    • jjyank

      Yeah, he showed a pretty good eye there. Me like.

  • The Real Greg

    Second pitch wasn’t a strike

  • The Real Greg

    And that looked awfully familiar

    • JLC 776

      Ugh…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      WHAT?!?!?!

  • forensic

    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???

    • Get Phelps Up

      Or the fact that the hand that held the ball was right in front of his face.

  • JLC 776

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

    • Ethan

      Some of his pitches looked downright filthy.

  • The Real Greg

    Youkilis!

  • jjyank

    Yoooooooouuuuuuuk

  • Eddard

    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

      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)

      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

        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)

          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

            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

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

          • PaulOhrndorff

            Basically this.

  • Jacob the OG

    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?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    And now Ben Francisco enters the Yankee OF fray.

    • BeanTooth

      Well, Indians don’t need him since they signed Swish. Kind of rich, ain’t it?

    • JLC 776

      There’s worse out there… it wouldn’t surprise me if he sees some time as a backup.

      • JLC 776

        But I should have used this as an opportunity to whine about letting Wise go. I still haven’t forgiven that move.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You should always assume DeWayne Wise’s eventual release the moment your team signs him.

          It’s not a bad way to make a living.

  • Barry

    This Ump has a really generous zone, no?

  • PaulOhrndorff

    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.

    • forensic

      I can’t wish a Musty Johnson on anyone.

      /someonehadto

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Plouffy better hope he wins last night’s bet.

      • CS Yankee

        IETC