Chase Whitley threw three scoreless innings but they weren’t pretty — he allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out one. The defense bailed him out a bit. Esmil Rogers struck out two in one inning of work and looked pretty sharp. He’s scheduled to start Saturday’s game, hence the short outing. Branden Pinder allowed two runs on four hits in his inning and Chasen Shreve allowed a solo homer in his otherwise uneventful inning. Jacob Lindgren struck out two in a dominant inning of work. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa:
- Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, Vicente Campos, Adam Warren, and Wilking Rodriguez threw bullpens this morning. Sabathia is scheduled for a simulated game Thursday. Here’s more on that. Nova will begin throwing breaking balls next week as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. [Chad Jennings]
- Andrew Bailey threw 40 pitches today — 20 in the bullpen and 20 in live batting practice — and is scheduled to throw a 25-pitch simulated game this weekend. The next step after that should be a real Grapefruit League game. [Lou DiPietro]
- Garrett Jones was scratched from today’s trip to play the O’s with either the flu or food poisoning. Something unpleasant. Brendan Ryan (mid-back sprain) is scheduled to resume light baseball activities tomorrow. Nick Noonan (stiff neck) hopes to resume working out tomorrow. [Bryan Hoch, Brendan Kuty]
- In case you’re still holding out hope Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela will be the starting second basemen, Joe Girardi left no doubt today that Stephen Drew is the guy. “Our plan is it for it to be Stephen. We signed him to be our second baseman,” said the skipper. [Andrew Marchand]
- Some news from elsewhere in the AL East: Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman suffered a torn ACL in a fielding drill and will miss the season, the team announced. Stroman had a 3.65 ERA (2.84 FIP) in in 130.2 innings last year and a few projection systems had him as the AL East’s best starter in 2015. Big blow for Toronto.
Here is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s game against the Orioles will be replayed on MLB Network but not until 9am ET tomorrow morning. All five local hockey and basketball teams are in action — the Rangers and Islanders are meeting for the final time (in the regular season) at Nassau Coliseum and it’s a pretty important game too — and there’s one college hoops game on the schedule as well. Talk about whatever right here.