Open Thread: April 2nd Camp Notes

The Yankees and Marlins are playing another un-televised game this afternoon. The good news is this will be the last un-televised Yankees game until next spring. Following today’s game the team will head to New York, enjoy an off-day tomorrow, then begin the regular season Monday. Pretty cool. Today’s game begins at 1pm ET. Here’s the Gameday link so you can follow that way. Here are some quick notes from Miami:

  • Andrew Miller (wrist) will pitch an inning today. He’s been wearing a brace since getting hit with the line drive a few days ago, but he needs to get MLB approval before using it in a game. [Anthony Rieber, Ryan Hatch]
  • Joe Girardi confirmed Aaron Hicks will indeed be in the starting lineup against Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day. He hasn’t decided who will sit, however. My take: if Jacoby Ellsbury‘s wrist is still sore from that hit-by-pitch two weeks ago, even a little bit, sit him and give him the extra rest. If not, well, he’s probably the one who should sit anyway. [Hatch]
  • Chase Headley did not play last night and he is not playing today because he’s sick. It’s unclear if he’ll be back to full strength in time for Opening Day. [Rieber]
  • If you missed it late last night, Kirby Yates has reportedly won the final bullpen spot.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the day. MLB Network is showing live games all day: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays in Montreal (1pm ET), Giants vs. Athletics in Oakland (4pm ET), and Dodgers vs. Angels in Anaheim (8pm ET). All three local hockey teams are in action, plus you’ve got both Final Four games later tonight. Have at it.

Friday Night Open Thread

The Yankees are playing the Marlins in Marlins Park tonight, and, amazingly, the game will not be broadcast anywhere. Not on YES, not on FOX Sports Florida, not on MLB Network, not online, nothing. How, in the year 2016, do two Major League teams play a game in a Major League park with no cameras? Incredible. Here’s the Gameday link. You can follow that way.

This is tonight’s open thread. MLB Network is showing two live games tonight: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays in Montreal (7pm ET) and Athletics vs. Giants in San Francisco (10pm ET). The Knicks and Nets are playing each other, and both Final Four games will be on tonight as well. Talk about any of that here.

Open Thread: March 31st Camp Notes

The Yankees played their final two Grapefruit League games of the spring today and they lost both of ’em. They fell 9-1 to the Cardinals at home. Michael Pineda allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings, including four homers. He fanned four. Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a scoreless inning. Aaron Hicks, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann each had a base hit. Here are the box score and video highlights for that game.

The Yankees lost 10-6 to the Tigers in the away game. Fill-in starter Chad Green allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He too allowed four dingers and struck out four. Austin Romine had himself a nice little day, going 3-for-3 with a homer. Starlin Castro also had two hits. Gary Sanchez and Jorge Mateo each had a base hit in their afternoon up from minor league camp. Here are the box score and video highlights for that game, and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • There was a lot of news earlier today. To recap: Romine, Luis Cessa, and Johnny Barbato have all made the team. Bryan Mitchell (toe) will miss at least three months. Andrew Miller (wrist) plans to pitch through his injury. Masahiro Tanaka will start Opening Day and be followed by Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, and Luis Severino.
  • The Yankees are still deciding between CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova for the fifth starter. The longer this drags on, the better it is for Nova, I think. Also, Cessa and Barbato won spots before Mitchell’s injury. Now the Yanks have to pick someone to replace Mitchell. [Bryan Hoch, Chad Jennings]
  • Following today’s game, Anthony Swarzak and Cesar Puello were reassigned to minor league camp, the Yankees announced. Kirby Yates is the only reliever in camp who has not yet been named to the Opening Day roster. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll get Mitchell’s spot. They could always call someone who has already been optioned to Triple-A back up.
  • The Yankees will play games at Marlins Park the next two days. Aroldis Chapman will pitch in one of those games and then travel to New York with the team. He’ll spend a day there to get the lay of land before returning to Tampa. Per the terms of his suspension, Chapman is not allowed to be at Yankee Stadium for Opening Day. [Jennings]
  • The Reds placed Rule 5 Draft pick Jake Cave on waivers today. If he clears, he’ll be offered back to the Yankees per the Rule 5 Draft rules. That surprised me. Seemed like there would be a way for Cincinnati to squeeze Cave onto the roster. [Trent Rosecrans]
  • Prior to today’s game, Barbato was presented with the James P. Dawson Award as the best rookie in camp. Congrats to him. Slade Heathcott won it last year, Tanaka the year before.

This is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s home game will be replayed on YES after the Nets game, so figure 10pm ET or so. The road game will be replayed on MLB Network at 6am ET. MLB Network is showing the Cubs and Mets live from Las Vegas later tonight, plus all the local hockey and basketball teams are in action except the Knicks. Talk about whatever here.

Open Thread: March 30th Camp Notes

Earlier today the Yankees beat the Braves by the score of 2-0. Ivan Nova had what was probably the best start by a Yankee this spring, holding Atlanta to two hits and one walk in six scoreless innings. He struck out two. Chances this performance won Nova the fifth starter spot? Small, I’d say.

Aaron Hicks went 3-for-3 with a double to pace the offense. Austin Romine, Dustin Ackley, and Ronald Torreyes had base hits as well. Dellin Betances (three strikeouts) and Kirby Yates (two strikeouts) tossed perfect frames out of the bullpen. Today’s game was not broadcast anywhere, so there are no highlights. Here’s the box score and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Some news from earlier, if you missed it: Andrew Miller (wrist) and Bryan Mitchell (leg) left today’s game with injuries. Miller was hit by a line drive. X-rays came back negative, and he’ll soon have a CT scan. Mitchell managed to sprain his big toe covering first base and will go for an MRI.
  • More news from earlier: Torreyes has beat out Pete Kozma for the final bench spot, plus three more relievers (Branden Pinder, Nick Goody, Tyler Olson) were optioned out. The Opening Day roster must be submitted to the league by 12pm ET Sunday. [Sweeny Murti]
  • Masahiro Tanaka still has not been told whether he will start Opening Day. Joe Girardi said he was planning to announce the rotation and the last two bullpen spots tomorrow, but said Nova’s start today may push things back. [Brendan Kuty, Mark Feinsand, Bryan Hoch]
  • Carlos Corporan does not have a standard opt-out in his contract. If the Yankees don’t add him to their 40-man roster, they have to email the other 29 teams to let them know he’s available. Other teams have 24 hours to respond and add Corporan to the 40-man. The email went out today, Brian Cashman said. [Chad Jennings]

Here is the nightly open thread. MLB Network is showing a bunch of games on tape delay throughout the night, plus the Knicks are playing too. Talk about those games or any of the day’s news right here. Have at it.

Open Thread: March 29th Camp Notes

The Yankees played two split squad games this afternoon, but, thanks to rain, they only played nine total innings. They beat the Pirates 5-4 in five innings at home, and CC Sabathia allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in four innings. He fanned two. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer while Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, and Starlin Castro had one hit each. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, in Clearwater, the other half of the Yankees beat the Phillies 7-1 in four innings. Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in his four innings, striking out five. Dustin Ackley (three-run) and Miguel Andujar (two-run) both cracked homers. Aaron Hicks and Brian McCann also had base hits. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game. Hard to top two wins in nine innings, eh? Here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • Joe Girardi said he felt today was Sabathia’s best outing of the spring, but he stopped short of naming him the fifth starter, citing the fact there are still five exhibition games to play. “I hope we have them all by Thursday,” said the manager, referring to decisions about the open roster spots. [Erik Boland, Chad Jennings]
  • The rotation for the rest of camp: Ivan Nova (Wednesday), Michael Pineda and Chad Green (split squad games Thursday, both on TV), Nathan Eovaldi (Friday), and Luis Severino (Saturday). Looks to me the regular season rotation with be Tanaka/Pineda/Eovaldi/Severino/Sabathia in that order, though Sabathia could start the third or fourth game instead. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Following last night’s game the Yankees reassigned Diego Moreno to minor league camp. They’re down to 37 players in big league camp, though it’s really 34 because Greg Bird (shoulder), Mason Williams (shoulder), and Aroldis Chapman (suspension) aren’t Opening Day roster candidates.
  • In case you missed it earlier, Bryan Mitchell has been told he will be on the Opening Day roster. He’s scheduled to pitch on three day’s rest tomorrow, so it seems like the team is preparing him for a relief role. (Duh.) [Jennings]
  • Today is Carlos Corporan opt-out date, but there’s no word on whether he is actually opting out. I guess that means he’s sticking around? /shrugs

This is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s home game will be replayed on YES following the Nets game, so figure it will start somewhere around 10-10:30pm ET. The road game won’t be replayed anywhere. MLB Network will show the Giants and Royals live a little later, then a bunch of other games on tape delay throughout the night. The Islanders, Devils, and Nets are all playing as well talk. You folks know what to do here, so have it.

Open Thread: March 28th Camp Notes

The Yankees continue their Grapefruit League season tonight with a home game against the Tigers. Luis Cessa will be on the mound because the Yankees don’t want the Tigers to see one of their regular starters so close to the regular season. The Yankees will be in Detroit for the second series of the regular season next weekend. Anyway, there is no television broadcast of the game, so here is the Gameday link. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Masahiro Tanaka is indeed scheduled to pitch tomorrow, not Wednesday. That’s what I figured yesterday. It’s his normal turn and it lines him up to start Opening Day with an extra day of rest. “Our hope is that he’s really good tomorrow and it’s a non-issue,” said Joe Girardi when asked about the Opening Day start if Tanaka doesn’t pitch well tomorrow. [George King, Bryan Hoch]
  • Luis Severino struck out 12 in six innings in a minor league game this afternoon. He threw 91 pitches, so he’s pretty well stretched out. Austin Romine was behind the plate. That Severino pitched in a minor league game today instead of facing the Tigers tonight indicates he’ll start either the fourth or fifth game of the regular season. [Shane Hennigan, Chad Jennings]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury played yesterday and is in the lineup tonight, but he admitted he still has some lingering soreness in his wrist after being hit by a pitch last week. “There’s still bruising and a little swelling in there but I feel like I can do everything I need to,” he said. [Brendan Kuty]
  • In an effort to stay healthy, Nathan Eovaldi has cut back on his throwing between starts. “Last year, I feel like I threw a lot between starts. Been trying to cut back on that and trying to focus on my bullpens in between games,” he said. “I just felt like that was one part of my game where I could do better at really, with my routine and shoulder programs.” [Kuty]
  • Tomorrow is Carlos Corporan’s opt-out date. All signs point to Romine being the backup catcher, so the best case for Corporan with the Yankees is backing up Gary Sanchez in Triple-A. [Hoch]

This is tonight’s open thread. MLB Network will show the Rangers and Dodgers live later tonight, plus both the Knicks and Nets are playing. Talk about those games, the unwatchable Yankees game, or anything else right here.

Open Thread: March 27th Camp Notes

The Yankees lost 5-2 to the Twins earlier this afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi started well and finished poorly. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 5.1 innings while striking out five. Dellin Betances (two outs) and Andrew Miller (four outs) each allowed a single in otherwise uneventful outings. Chasen Shreve retired both men he faced and Kirby Yates retired all three batters he faced.

Brett Gardner‘s solo home run off former Yankee Phil Hughes was pretty much the only offensive highlight of the day. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-3 in his first game back after taking that pitch to the wrist last week. He came through healthy, which is all that matters. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann each had singles. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the latest from Tampa:

  • Earlier today the Yankees released Chris Denorfia after he exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract, the club announced. Between that and the Rob Refsnyder demotion, there are now only 38 players in camp. Denorfia was never really a fit with the Yankees. It was going to take an outfield injury or two for him to make the team.
  • The upcoming rotation: Luis Cessa (Monday), CC Sabathia (Tuesday on TV), and Masahiro Tanaka (Wednesday on TV). Tanaka starting Wednesday means he would start Opening Day on normal rest, not with an extra day of rest. The Yankees have split squad games Tuesday and I wonder if Tanaka was incorrectly listed as Wednesday’s starter when he’s really Tuesday’s other starter. That’s the day he’s lined up to pitch. We’ll see. [Chad Jennings]
  • Aaron Hicks played in a minor league game this afternoon. During the YES broadcast, Joe Girardi said they wanted Hicks to get a bunch of lefty at-bats because he’s been facing a lot of southpaws of late. Hicks beat out an infield single and also hit a home run. [Shane Hennigan]
  • The Tigers will be in Tampa tomorrow night for Cessa’s un-televised start. Don’t count on YES picking that game up. The Nets are playing.

This is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, if you missed it earlier or just want to watch again. MLB Network is showing the Reds and Dodgers live right now, the (hockey) Rangers and Devils are both playing, and there are the two March Madness games as well. Talk about any or all of that right here.