Open Thread: 3/9 Camp Notes

Spring Training Game Thread: Business As Usual
Cardinals agree to four-year deal with Aledmys Diaz

In what was easily the most competitive game of the spring, the Yankees and Rays played to a 3-3 tie this afternoon. Joe Girardi managed to win, pinch-running when the Yankees were down a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He also pinch-hit Scott Sizemore for Mason Williams to get the platoon advantage. The pinch-runner (Antoan Richardson) came around to score on a wild pitch. Pretty fun.

David Phelps was very strong, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out one, walked zero, and recorded eight ground ball outs. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and struck out twice, Alfonso Soriano singled twice in three at-bats, and both Carlos Beltran and Derek Jeter took an 0-for-3. Jose Pirela had two hits off the bench. Dellin Betances continued his strong spring with another scoreless inning, striking out one and pitching around a double. Matt Daley chucked a scoreless frame as well. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The Yankees announced the first roster cuts of the year: Jose Ramirez (oblique) and Francisco Rondon (shoulder). Both have been sent down to minor league camp. Neither pitched this spring due to their injuries. Ramirez is on the 40-man roster, so was optioned down. There are still 64 players in big league camp.
  • Kelly Johnson left today’s game after taking a fastball to the back, but he is fine. It was probably going to be his final at-bat of the day anyway. Johnson had an uneventful first day at first base, making all the routine plays. [Andrew Marchand]
  • Hiroki Kuroda, David Robertson, and Matt Thornton all threw their scheduled bullpens. Tyler Austin (wrist) hit, either in the cage or regular batting practice. Scott Sizemore has been playing with a brace on his left knee following back-to-back torn ACLs. [Chad Jennings]
  • Brendan Ryan (oblique) is feeling better and better. He hopes to return to game action on Wednesday. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Tomorrow is the team’s first off-day of the Grapefruit League schedule and it’s a total off-day. A few guys might come in for extra work or medical treatment, but there are no workouts are scheduled at all.

Here is your nightly open thread. This afternoon’s game will not be replayed on television anywhere replayed at midnight on MLB Network, after they re-air the Mets and Braves later tonight. The Nets are playing as well. You folks know how this works by now, so have at it.

Spring Training Game Thread: Business As Usual
Cardinals agree to four-year deal with Aledmys Diaz
  • Dalek Jeter

    Cards landed Aledmys Diaz, 4yrs at less than 20 total value. I guess the Yankees really didn’t like what they saw if he would have been that cheap. Whatever, Sizemore will save us all.

    (Also, as much as I want Pineda to win it, I think the 5th starter comp is Phelp’s to lose)

    • forensic

      $5 million per year guaranteed for four years isn’t that cheap if he only turned into a utility-type of guy like some people who saw him said they see him as.

      Though, it is tough to question much that the Cardinals do at this point.

      • Tanakapalooza Floozy

        Dude’s going to the Hall, for sure.

  • forensic

    Maybe it’s just me, but Dean Anna sure seems to be approaching a Nunez level of defense. Yet another bad throw error today.

    Sounds like good stuff from Phelps and maybe Betances today. Daley and Montgomery looked good too.

    And the box score says Soriano had two hits, not one.

    • Evan3457

      Chad Jennings disagrees with your interpretation of events:

      Dean Anna was charged with his second error of the spring when he had trouble dealing with the sun on a popup. His other error came earlier this spring. It was a throw that was just high enough to pull the first baseman off the bag. For the most part, he’s seemed pretty solid at short, including one dazzling play in the hole.

      I was actually watching the game at the time and can confirm today’s error was a popup lost in the sun.

      • forensic

        Yes, sorry, I mis-typed. I was thinking of his other two (not one) errors, which were throwing errors, both of which pulled the first baseman well off the bag, not just barely off.

        And the pop-up was up there a little, but he was also able to take an angle on it and it hit him in the glove. It’s a ball that has to be caught.

        • vicki

          easy for you to say. i was on the field next to the visitors dugout. there’s sun, and then there’s florida march sun.

          also, you’ll think i’m making this up, but i think i make dean anna nervous.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Really hoping Betances makes it. Just have always liked his size/stuff combo, his local NY ties, the aggressive ‘buy him out of Vanderbilt’ draft approach…

    Would be great if he developed into a weapon out of the bullpen.

  • mustang

    First week over and I must say I love the direction of this team thus far.

  • mustang

    “Chase Headley Extension Remains Unlikely”

    Chase Headley was diagnosed Tuesday with a Grade 1 calf strain and will be held out of spring training activities for the next 2-3 weeks. But he doesn’t expect to miss a regular-season game.

    “If I can get 15 to 20 (at-bats) from both sides, that’s pretty close to what I need,” Headley

    I wonder?

  • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

    “Ryan is feeling better and better”…every day in every way.

    • forensic

      It’s definitely good news. Wouldn’t want him to be out so long that it messes up his swing for opening day…

    • vicki

      if i see what you did there you’re so cool.

      • Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks)

        I think you did and thank you.

  • vicki

    i like matt daley. he’s taller than drob, and doesn’t have the ridiculously long stride, but there are echoes, down to the little post-follow-through skip thing. like it.

    i’m backing matt daley.

    • forensic

      I’m a huge backer of Daley, but it’s not even because of how well he’s pitched (though that is a nice bonus).

      He’s the only guy in MLB right now from my alma mater and with a few good years could be in the discussion as the 2nd or 3rd best player ever from my University (sorry Matt, you’re not in the same universe as Christy Mathewson, not that many people are).

  • dkidd

    just watched the replay

    betances to the 8th!!!

  • Mscott

    Beg to slightly differ on Johnson, Michael…that 3-6-1 double play he started without hesitation is exactly the kind of play that people who are shoved into playing first base can’t make. Not physically hard but hard to develop instincts for. I was very pleased.