Spring Training Game Thread: Tune-Up



There are only three Spring Training games left, so everyone is pretty much ready to go. The pitchers, like today’s starter CC Sabathia, will throw light tune-up sessions more than full “working on something” starts. In fact, Sabathia is only scheduled for 45-50 pitches today. These last few days are about staying sharp and not getting hurt, not building pitch count or anything like that. The real work is already done. These are the last low-stress games the team will play for months.

The Yankees are making the hour-long trip south to Bradenton to play the Pirates this afternoon. Pittsburgh is playing most of their regulars, including Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, former Yankee Russell Martin, and former Yankees farmhand Jose Tabata. Righty Stolmy Pimentel, who I wrote about as a possible trade target not too long ago, is on the mound. Here’s the starting lineup as the competition for the final bench spot winds down:

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. LF Zoilo Almonte
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. SS Dean Anna
  8. DH Zelous Wheeler
  9. RF Adonis Garcia
    LHP CC Sabathia

Available Position Players: C Jose Gil, 1B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, and CF Antoan Richardson will all come off the bench. C Roybell Herrera, C Radley Haddad, UTIL Addison Maruszak, UTIL Jose Pirela, and OF Mason Williams are also available.

Available Pitchers: RHP David Phelps, RHP Adam Warren, and LHP Vidal Nuno are all scheduled to pitch after Sabathia. LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Fred Lewis, RHP Graham, Stoneburner, RHP Manny Barreda, RHP Danny Burawa, RHP Branden Pinder, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Aaron Dott, and SwP Pat Venditte are the extra arms.

It has been raining for most of the morning in Bradenton but it is expected to stop very soon if it hasn’t already. There might be a short delay, if anything, but it looks like they’ll have no trouble getting in a full nine innings. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and you can watch live on both YES and Yeah, this is one of the rare YES road games. Enjoy.


  1. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    C Roybell Herrera
    C Radley Haddad

    Clearly we’re not even aware of our massive catching depth.

  2. lightSABR says:

    “Zealous Wheller”? Really, YES?

    The joys of spring training.

  3. lightSABR says:

    Is it just me, or does Russell Martin with a beard look a little like Russell Crowe?

  4. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Wow, Tex has 3 hits this whole spring. At least we’re not hearing about any wrist issues though.

  5. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    “SwP” if I didn’t know who Venditte was, or read that in context of pitchers I’d have no idea what this was referring to.

    • I'm One says:

      Mike’s mention of “extra arms” was clearly intended to only mean Pat Vendtite. He’s all the extra arms the team needs.

  6. Chip Rodriguez says:

    I’m going to be a bit disappointed if we don’t get to see a bit of Venditte this afternoon.

    Nice play by Anna there.

  7. Mykey says:

    This line up is just full of fantastic names.

  8. Chip Rodriguez says:

    Anna again. DAMN. I think he’s got himself a plane ticket to Houston.

  9. The Great Gonzo says:

    Obligatory V-lo check on Sabathia, please?


    • Chip Rodriguez says:

      high 80s, when I was paying attention. But they didn’t show it all the time, and he looked as if he was throwing a lot more cutters than his usual fastballs.

      He also gave up 3 hits. Be concerned. Be very concerned.

  10. Mykey says:

    He hasn’t really had much of a chance at making the play, but Marte has not impressed with these throws to home.

  11. Wheels says:

    Nice hit Nuney.

  12. Wheels says:

    And Tex whiffs.

  13. The Great Gonzo says:

    Soooooooo, I am listening to this game on MLB At Bat App (Pittsburgh feed), and I have ZERO idea what is happening. The announcers are NOT announcing anything. There is one guy laughing and chatting and talking, to himself.

    I am about 98% positive that there the play-by-play guy’s mic is not on and no one has noticed on the radio station. All i could tell you is the Pittsburgh coaching staff is pretty nice? I guess??

    Fucking small market baseball man…

  14. Wheels says:

    CC, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. not too shabby

    • Jedile says:

      But I am obliged to ask you about his vLo. Eff obligations, was he locating his pitches properly and mixing it up with his off speed stuff? You know the stuff that actually matters.

  15. Yankee$ says:

    That Betances Curveball.

  16. Yankee$ says:

    So just thinking on screen here…
    Nova Curveball is a 70
    Tanaka Splitter is a 70
    Pineda Slider is a 70
    Exciting. (I’m no scout, mind you.)

  17. dkidd says:

    not saying there won’t be bumps along the way, but i believe cc will master the cutter and continue to be successful for years

    i have an unshakable believe in his work ethic and baseball IQ

    • Yankee$ says:

      I agree. His offspeed stuff is still really good. If he can pull another mph or three of the offspeed stuff and keep the same differential between his FB and Changeup (as when the FB was 94), and keep his command, he’s still a threat for 20 wins every year.

      • I'm One says:

        I think this spring has shown that he is learning to pitch differently. While he may never get to 20 wins again, I think he’ll be an effective starting pitcher going forward. Maybe not a #1, but he should be a #2 or at worst a #3. He won’t be worth his salary, but we’ve seen that movie quite a few times before.

  18. CountryClub says:

    Erik Boland ?@eboland11 1m
    One scout today had Betances at 93-97 on his fastball

  19. mick taylor says:

    texiera is going to be a bust. he will be the worst 20 million dollar hitter in baseball history. he looks washed up.

  20. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Not big enough a game moment for BGDP.

  21. NCS says:

    All I want for Christmas is for Venditte to pitch the 9th.

  22. Cesar "Stairs" Cabral says:

    See, boss? Stairs can close.

    RIP David Robertson

    • lightSABR says:

      Okay, I’m finally going to betray my ignorance: why “Stairs”?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        Robertson had a mysterious injury last spring training falling down some stairs. Cabral had sort of a Tonya Harding look about him. Meme was born, and was found to be far funnier by others at the time than by even the person who created it. Stairs still stops by for the occasional cameo.

  23. Yankee$ says:

    Cabral claim a spot today if they don’t want to DFA Claiborne ?

  24. whitey says:

    I watched Tex take BP and it was brutal. Yes, I know they work on things, don’t swing for the fences etc….. His bat looked like it weighed 10 lbs.

  25. nycsportzfan says:

    3knocks for Ichiro today. Not to shabby. I believe, 100pct, hes gonna be a fine player off the bench. If he was a starter every game, I would have my doubts, but his professional approach, expierence, speed, and ability to hit bad pitches, is gonna be a strength off the bench.

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