Open Thread: March 12th Camp Notes

Imagining Extreme Platooning
Fan Confidence Poll: March 13th, 2017

The Yankees had the audacity to lose a Spring Training game today. Season over! They scored two runs against the Braves and both came on solo homers: Austin Romine and Jorge Mateo. Probably not who you were expecting, eh? Starlin Castro and Kyle Higashioka had the team’s only other hits. At least the Yankees drew six walks, I guess.

CC Sabathia started and it was a disaster. Six runs (four earned) in two-thirds of an inning before he hit his pitch count. Those in attendance tell me Sabathia’s defense did him no favors — the Yankees committed five errors on the afternoon, including three by Ronald Torreyes — but still. Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless frame. Here is the box score — there are no video highlights because the game wasn’t televised — and here are the rest of the day’s notes:

  • At some point today the Yankees will announce their first round of roster cuts. Justus Sheffield‘s locker is cleaned out and that’s all we know for now. [Erik Boland]
  • Update: The Yankees announced their cuts. Sheffield, Daniel Camarena, Kellin Deglan, Francisco Diaz, J.P. Feyereisen, Brady Lail, Joe Mantiply, James Reeves, Nick Rumbelow, Evan Rutckyj, and Jorge Saez have been sent to minor league camp. There are 56 players left in big league camp by my unofficial count.
  • Mason Williams is on the travel list for Tuesday, which indicates he’s ready to play in games. He missed the start of camp with patella inflammation. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, their first of the spring, and it’s a complete off-day. No workouts or anything. Tuesday’s game is on the road against the Rays. It won’t be televised.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. MLB Network is showing World Baseball Classic games right now (Colombia vs. Dominican Republic, Italy vs. Puerto Rico), at 7pm ET (USA vs. Canada), 10pm ET (Mexico vs. Venezuela), and 6am ET (Netherlands vs. Israel). The (hockey) Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are all in action too. Talk about those games or anything else, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Imagining Extreme Platooning
Fan Confidence Poll: March 13th, 2017