Spring Training is over. The Yankees’ final Grapefruit League game was rained out this afternoon, and the team is leaving for Houston this evening. Well, some of the team. A bunch of guys are staying behind for the night and will fly out on their own tomorrow. Veterans have it good like that.
The Yankees finished the spring 17-12-2 with 128 runs scored and 106 runs allowed. They hit .250/.314/.359 with 20 homers as a team, the seventh fewest in baseball. Oh well. Those stats are all washed away when the regular season begins against the Astros on Tuesday. The Yankees will have a workout at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Here is 2014’s last round of camp notes:
- In case you missed it, Yangervis Solarte beat out Eduardo Nunez for the final bench spot. Dean Anna was given the other bench spot yesterday.
- Because of the rainout, everyone who was scheduled to pitch this afternoon instead threw simulated games inside. That includes starter Ivan Nova, David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, and Matt Thornton. Michael Pineda will remain in Tampa and pitch in a minor league game tomorrow. [Chad Jennings]
- The Yankees announced their final round of roster cuts: Nunez, Cesar Cabral, and Shane Greene were optioned to Triple-A Scranton while Zelous Wheeler, Antoan Richardson, Adonis Garcia, Matt Daley, and Jose Gil were reassigned to minor league camp. The roster is down to … wait for it … 25 players.
- Masahiro Tanaka was named the 2014 James P. Dawson award winner as the best rookie in camp, the team announced. Previous winners include Vidal Nuno, David Phelps, Manny Banuelos, Jon Weber, and Brett Gardner.
- Brendan Ryan (back) will begin swinging a bat underwater on Monday. Brian Cashman already confirmed he will not be ready when his 15-day DL stint is up and there’s a chance will be out until early-May. [Mark Didtler]
- Joe Girardi said today’s lineup will likely be the Opening Day lineup, meaning Gardner will bat seventh and Kelly Johnson will bat ninth. [Joel Sherman]
Here is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing a few live Spring Training games throughout the night, plus both the Devils and Islanders are playing. There’s also college basketball on somewhere. Talk about whatever you like here.