Mar
19

Spring Training Game Thread: On the road

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees had a scheduled day off on Monday but are back at it this afternoon. They’re in nearby Clearwater to face the Phillies, so most of the regulars made the trip. Outside of Robinson Cano, there’s a pretty good chance the lineup the team is running out there this afternoon is the lineup we will see come Opening Day. Maybe the order is different, the collection of players figures to be pretty much the same. Here’s the starting nine…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter Gil Velazquez — Jeter was scratched due to a “cranky” ankle
  3. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Travis Hafner
  6. RF Brennan Boesch
  7. C Chris Stewart
  8. 3B Ronnie Mustelier
  9. 2B Corban Joseph

And on the mound is the right-hander from North Carolina, Adam Warren. Here is the day’s second string, courtesy of Chad Jennings:

Available Pitchers: Not sure who is scheduled to pitch after Warren, but RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Ryan Pope, and RHP Graham Stoneburner are all available in relief.

Available Position Players: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Walter Ibarra, SS Gil Velazquez, 3B Addison Maruszak, LF Ben Francisco, CF Melky Mesa, and RF Thomas Neal are all coming off the bench. C Kyle Higashioka, INF Casey Stevenson, and OF Ramon Flores are available if needed.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on ESPN and MLB.tv (no local blackouts), but not YES. Enjoy the game.

  • Eddard

    This is why Eduardo Nuney and Nix will make the roster. With Jete coming off injury and getting older you need backups. He won’t be able to play everyday and you’d rather have the potential of Nuney in there than the steady hand of Nix. With the offense depleted Nuney brings a better bat and more speed than Nix.

    • Laz

      Agree on Nunez. If he can be average defensively that is fine. Jeter isn’t all that great at this point, and Nix doesn’t have the bat.

    • Gil “Cranky Ankle” Velazquez

      *lurks*

      • Jersey Joe

        Gil, when I was playing 2k10 in the year 2016 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, you were on the Red Sox and hit 40 home runs and won the AL MVP.

        *Cannot unsee*

  • Laz

    I like that Musty is getting these regular starts. How has his defense been? It also shifts Youk over to a position he is better at, and can stay healthier at.

    • jjyank

      I’ve only seen a bit of him so far, but he has definitely looked passable to me.

    • Jersey Joe

      Defense has been passable. I mean it’s hard to tell because he only gets so many fly balls with so few innings.

      I’ve said this before, but a super-sub platoon of CoJo and Ronnier would be awesome. Despite horrible defense in the infield, and CoJo’s lack of an arm, their bats would be awesome as a DH/3B/LF platoon in a few years.

  • trr

    Not a big Nunez supporter, but we’ve gotta go with what we’ve got
    BTW, why isn’t he playing today?

    • Get Phelps Up

      He probably didn’t make the trip to Clearwater.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Who has two thumbs and is home sick today?

    I’m sick and tired of looking at “Fantasy Busts” on the bottom chyron, mostly due to 1) not really giving a shit about fantasy baseball, 2) TOO MANY YANKEEZ.

  • MannyGeee

    I have to say… Future HoF Ronnier Mustelier is getting a metric shit ton more looks this spring than I expected from someone who was supposed to go the way of Shelly Duncan and Jorge Vazquez.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Kind of hope he makes it and does well. Glad he’s getting a good look so the Yankees can adequately assess what they have in him.

    • Jersey Joe

      I think people knew he was more athletic than those two. I think anybody is more athletic than Shelley/Vazquez. I don’t think Ronnier was ever thought to be THAT bad.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d say AAAA baseball players are actually mighty fine baseball players.

        There’s no obvious hole in the bat that they’ve found with Ronnier. The question is how far up he can take his ability. He’s going to get a shot at some point this season.

        • Jersey Joe

          Agreed. I think Ronnier does bring a lot to the table, and he is a complete, albeit old prospect.

        • MannyGeee

          This is true. Dude can hit.

  • MannyGeee

    In an off topic alert, looks like Headley is starting the season on the DL… Dunno if this is old news, but since he seems to moisten so many trousers on RAB comments, thought it was worth mentioning .

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Old news. But, yes, certainly seems to moisten a lot of trousers around here, mine included. As I said in the open thread last night, maybe we can convince the Padres this is a career-threatening injury but we’re willing to help them out and take him off their hands cheaply.

    • jjyank

      *shrug* He’s not on my fantasy team! Suck it, Plouffy.

    • Laz

      Think he has been getting overrated lately. Although would still have been an upgrade.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Obviously preparing to fit in the Yankee clubhouse.

      • Jersey Joe

        It’s his right of passage to becoming a 2013 Yankee.

  • MannyGeee

    Dear Ichiro!:

    please save some for when they count.

    Sincerely,
    Us dudes in the stands

  • Jersey Joe

    Why is Maruszack still here?

    • Steve T

      They need IF depth for Jeter’s ankle and Cano in WBC. Just a warm body until Cano returns.

      • Jersey Joe

        Ugh. He’s just horrible. There has to be something better. I want David Eckstein.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Nothing to be concerned with – no need to replace him. He’ll be gone soon enough.

          • Jersey Joe

            It’s just depressing to watch. Like 1.5 weeks ago, 2 RISP and bottom 9 down by two – AHHHH!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Then don’t watch.

              This is what Spring Training has been like since the dawn of time, where you rested the T-Rex at short with Gil Velazquez in the 7th.

              • Jersey Joe

                I know, I know. But it was an exciting moment and I was just irritated by the system where they just try to get players in, most of which will never make the roster. Example: Addison Marsuzack

          • jjyank

            Yeah. As soon as the WBC is over, he’s probably gone. He’s not really taking anyone important’s playing time, and the games don’t matter, so…

            • Cris Pengiucci

              Yeah, when I watch a ST game (which is rare), I’m usually done by the time the regulars are taken out.

              • jjyank

                Same. I probably haven’t even seen 2 full games when you add up the innings I’ve watched. It’s that point of spring training, I’m bored, and I just want the regular season now.

  • dkidd

    anyone look at the picture above and consider posting a tasteless “gift basket” joke?

    me neither, just checking

  • 1stbase

    what i’ve learned from the announcers is the yankees will be lucky to not go 0-162 this year, holy hell