Spring Training Game Thread: Vernon arrivesBy
After a few days of waiting, Vernon Wells is officially a Yankee and will play against the Astros tonight. He was issued #56 — that will change before the start of the season since bench coach Tony Pena has worn that number for seven years now — and is playing left field and batting sixth. In fact, tonight’s lineup sure looks like the Opening Day lineup* if you ask me. Here’s the starting nine…
- CF Brett Gardner
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- 2B Robinson Cano
- 3B Kevin Youkilis
- DH Travis Hafner
- LF Vernon Wells
- 1B Juan Rivera
- SS Eduardo Nunez
- C Chris Stewart
Available Pitchers: RHP Mariano Rivera, RHP David Robertson, RHP Joba Chamberlain, RHP Jim Miller, and LHP Vidal Nuno are all available. I’m guessing Nuno will be used in a traditional LOOGY spot — middle of an inning, lefty batter, maybe some runners on-base — as the team evaluates him as a potential Clay Rapada replacement.
Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES and MLB.tv (no local blackout). Enjoy.
* Yes, they’re facing left-hander Jon Lester on Opening Day, but you get the point.