March 21st Camp Notes: Torres, Gregorius, Castro, Betances

The Yankees dropped their Spring Training game to the Red Sox tonight. It was a pretty quiet night for the offense, though Matt Holliday socked a dinger against Chris Sale, and Starlin Castro had two hits as well. One of the two was a double. Dustin “better than Dexter” Fowler forced an error with his speed and stole a base. Not too much else happened for the guys at the plate.

Bryan Mitchell started and got dinked and dunked most of the game. He allowed two runs in 4.1 innings, but did strike out seven and walk none. Mitchell has a 19/3 K/BB in 18.2 total innings this spring. Aroldis Chapman struck out two in his scoreless inning, and Luis Cessa allowed a run in his two innings of work. Probably doesn’t bode well for Cessa that he’s working two innings at a time while guys like Mitchell and Luis Severino are going much longer. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here is the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Update: Following tonight’s game, the Yankees announced they have reassigned Gleyber Torres to minor league camp. Lame. There are 45 players still in big league camp, by my unofficial count.
  • In case you missed it earlier, Didi Gregorius will be shut down for two weeks with a shoulder strain. The Yankees are expecting Gregorius to miss April by time it’s all said and done. They’re going to be cautious with him, of course.
  • Not surprisingly, the Yankees will have Castro play some shortstop in Spring Training. I expected that to happen even with a healthy Didi. No reason not to give him a few games there just to keep him sharp at the position. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Dellin Betances is back in camp. The Dominican Republic was knocked out of the World Baseball Classic on Saturday night. He struck out five in five scoreless innings during the WBC, and looked to be in midseason form in Saturday’s game. [Brendan Kuty]
  • Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for the guys who didn’t play in tonight’s game, if you’re interested. CC Sabathia and Adam Warren threw their usual between starts bullpen sessions. That’s about it.
  • Sad news: Jerry Krause passed away today. He was 77. Krause is known mostly for being general manager of Michael Jordan era Bulls, but he also worked as a baseball scout both before and after his time in basketball. George Steinbrenner hired him in 2004.

The Yankees will be on the road to play the Phillies tomorrow afternoon. That’s a regular ol’ 1pm ET start. The game will be on MLB Network and MLB.tv. Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start.

Spring Training Game Thread: Rotation Competition Continues

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The Yankees will again play a Spring Training game under the lights tonight, and this time the Red Sox will be in town. Get ready to renew the Grapefruit League rivalry, y’all. The Red Sox brought Chris Sale to Tampa too. Spoiler alert: he’s good. The Yankees have been a wrecking crew all spring though. It would be kinda cool if they lit up Boston’s shiny new rotation toy.

Anyway, on to more important matters. Rotation candidates Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa will pitch tonight, and gosh, it sure would be cool if someone stepped up and grabbed one of those spots. Joe Girardi insists there are no favorites in that race right now, and while I buy that in general, I do think Luis Severino is one of their preferred options. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here are the players the Yankees will use:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. C Gary Sanchez
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Chris Carter
  6. LF Aaron Hicks
  7. RF Aaron Judge
  8. SS Ronald Torreyes
  9. 3B Ruben Tejada
    RHP Bryan Mitchell

Available Pitchers: LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Luis Cessa, LHP Jon Niese, and LHP Tommy Layne are all scheduled to pitch tonight. RHP Matt Marsh, RHP Dillon McNamara, RHP Ernesto Frieri, RHP Eric Ruth, RHP Mark Montgomery, and RHP Anyelo Gomez are the extra arms. Frieri is in big league camp. The rest of the extra guys are up from minor league camp for the night.

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Wilkin Castillo, 2B Pete Kozma, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Thairo Estrada, LF Ji-Man Choi, CF Dustin Fowler, RF Clint Frazier, and DH Donovan Solano will come off the bench. C Kyle Higashioka, C Radley Haddad, OF Billy McKinney, and UTIL Tyler Wade are the extra players. Thairo and Haddad came over from minor league camp.

It is cool and clear in Tampa tonight. Nice night for a ballgame. There is no YES Network broadcast tonight. If you’re in the Red Sox’s home market, you can watch on NESN+. If not, MLB.tv is your only option. There is no MLB Network simulcast. Tonight’s game will start at 6:35pm ET. Enjoy the game.

Open Thread: March 20th Camp Notes

All the Yankees do is win. This afternoon’s victory featured two hits, including a double, from Greg Bird. Matt Holliday smacked a home run. Aaron Judge had a single and a walk, then Billy McKinney replaced him in right field and had two singles of his own. Gleyber Torres drove in two with the hustle double in the video above. The Yankees had 15 hits on the afternoon, so just about everyone did something. Also, Austin Romine returned to action for the first time since taking that foul tip to the hand a few days ago.

On the mound, Michael Pineda allowed three runs on a hit and two walks in only 1.2 innings of work. He really labored. Threw a ton of pitches. A ton. That’s why he was taken out in the middle of the inning. He’d thrown so many pitches that half-inning and the Yankees didn’t want to push him any further. Chad Green allowed a hit and a walk in 3.1 scoreless innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the news from Spring Training:

This is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing Puerto Rico vs. the Didi-less Netherlands live at 9pm ET tonight. The winner will play in Wednesday’s WBC Championship Game. The loser goes home. The Knicks are playing and there’s some NIT college basketball games on too. Talk about anything here aside from religion or politics.

Spring Training Game Thread: Big Mike’s Fourth Start

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The Yankees are still on the other side of Florida today, and they have another game at the brand new Ballpark at the Palm Beaches. They beat the Astros there yesterday, and this afternoon they’ll look to beat the Nationals there as well. Houston and Washington share the massive Spring Training complex. The new park looks pretty nice based on the nine innings I kinda sorta watched yesterday.

Anyway, Michael Pineda is on the mound making his fourth start of the spring today. The first went well, the second not so much, and the third was magnificent. Which Big Mike will show up today? Who knows. He’s unpredictable. I guess that’s part of the fun. Consistency is boring. Also, rotation candidate Chad Green is scheduled to pitch today as well. The Yankees have 13 days to finalize their roster. Here is the Nationals’ lineup and here are the players the Yankees will use today:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Aaron Hicks
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. RF Aaron Judge
  7. C Austin Romine
  8. 2B Rob Refsnyder
  9. SS Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Michael Pineda

Available Pitchers: RHP Chad Green, RHP Ben Heller, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP J.R. Graham, and LHP Jason Gurka are all expected to pitch today. That’s a lot of relievers. Not sure there will be enough innings to get them all in the game. We’ll see. RHP Gio Gallegos, RHP Matt Marsh, RHP Travis Hissong, RHP Andrew Schwaab, RHP Cale Coshow, and LHP Nestor Cortes are the extra arms. Marsh, Hissong, Schwaab, Coshow, and Cortes are all up from minor league camp.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Donovan Solano, 2B Ruben Tejada, SS Gleyber Torres, 3B Pete Kozma, LF Tyler Wade, CF Dustin Fowler, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Radley Haddad, 1B Ji-Man Choi, IF Thairo Estrada, OF Clint Frazier, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are the extra players.

It is cloudy and on the cool side in West Palm Beach. There’s no rain in the forecast, so hooray for that. There is no YES broadcast for today’s game, which will begin a little after 1pm ET. If you’re in the Washington market, you can watch on MASN. If not, you can watch on MLB Network and MLB.tv, even in the New York market. Enjoy the game.

Open Thread: March 19th Camp Notes

Fighting Spirit! The Yankees put together a two-run rally in the top of the ninth to beat the Astros today. The tying and go-ahead runs scored on the same wild pitch because the pitcher never bothered to cover the plate. Good times. Chase Headley drove in two runs with a double while Clint Frazier had two singles. Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Judge each had a hit as well. Headley also stole home on the front end of a double steal.

Both Adam Warren (3.2 IP, 1 R) and Luis Severino (3.1 IP, 3 R) pitched and neither looked particularly sharp with their location. Severino’s line would have been much worse if not for two great defensive plays by Aaron Hicks. He made a leaping catch at the wall and also threw a runner out at the plate. No one wants to win those final two rotation spots, it seems. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here is the rest of the news from Spring Training:

  • Brendan Kuty has the complete minor league workout groups. These do not necessarily indicate the player will start the season at that level, remember. Example: Miguel Flames will not be in Triple-A. Jake Cave, Erik Swanson, Stephen Tarpley, Austin DeCarr, and Jordan Foley are all listed in the rehab group. Hmmm. Also, the Yankees have apparently hired Dan Fiorito as an instructor. Neat. He spent the last few years as a utility man in the farm system.
  • Jordan Montgomery will start Thursday’s game, Joe Girardi announced. A few days ago Girardi seemed to indicate the big left-hander may be pitching his way into an Opening Day roster spot. Montgomery threw four perfect innings last time out and has allowed four earned runs in 10.1 total innings this spring. [Bryan Hoch]
  • The Yankees will still be on the road in West Palm Beach tomorrow afternoon. I believe Michael Pineda is pitching. That game will be on MLB Network and MLB.tv.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. There are no World Baseball Classic games on today, unfortunately. That USA vs. Dominican Republic game last night was intense. MLB Network will show Spring Training games on tape delay all night instead. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are playing tonight, but there’s all the March Madness madness. Talk about that stuff or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Thanks in advance.

Spring Training Game Thread: A Two-Day Road Trip

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For the first time this spring, the Yankees are on the east coast of Florida. They made the long trek across the state to West Palm Beach for this afternoon’s game against the Astros. And because they have to play the Nationals at West Palm Beach tomorrow — the Astros and Nationals share the Ballpark at the Palm Beaches, which just opened this year — they’re going to stay in town tonight rather than go all the way back to Tampa.

Anyway, this afternoon both Adam Warren and Luis Severino will make their latest Grapefruit League appearances as they hope to secure Opening Day rotation spots. I still think Warren will end up in the bullpen, but we’ll see. Also, Ben Heller has quietly had a nice spring and he’ll pitch today as well. Even if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, I’m certain we’ll see Heller at some point this summer. Here is the Astros’ lineup and here are the players the Yankees sent across the state:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. RF Aaron Judge
  7. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  8. C Kyle Higashioka
  9. SS Tyler Wade
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Pitchers: RHP Luis Severino, RHP Ben Heller, and RHP Gio Gallegos are all expected to pitch after Warren. RHP J.R. Graham, LHP Jason Gurka, RHP Jonathon Holder, RHP Travis Hissong, RHP Matt Marsh, RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Andrew Schwaab, and LHP Nestor Cortes are the extra arms. Hissong, Marsh, Coshow, Schwaab, and Cortes are all up from minor league camp for the two-day road trip.

Available Position Players: C Wilkin Castillo, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Gleyber Torres, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Donovan Solano, LF Clint Frazier, CF Dustin Fowler, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Austin Romine, C Radley Haddad, IF Thairo Estrada, IF Ruben Tejada, and UTIL Rob Refsnyder are the extra players. Haddad and Estrada are up from minor league camp.

It is nice and sunny in West Palm Beach today. Good baseball weather. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET, and if you’re in the Houston market, you can watch on ROOT Sports. If not, MLB.tv is your only option. MLB Network is not showing the game live. Enjoy the game.

Open Thread: March 18th Camp Notes

A late home run sent the Yankees to a loss today. Billy McKinney smacked his third home run of the spring while Gary Sanchez had a two-run double. Aaron Judge had a no-run double. Jacoby Ellsbury and Tyler Wade had base hits as well. Bit of a quiet day for the offense.

CC Sabathia started and allowed three runs in four innings. He allowed all three runs in the fourth, as he approached his pitch count for the day. Aroldis Chapman struck out one in his scoreless inning, and Tommy Layne allowed a solo home run in his inning of work. Layne is just back from the World Baseball Classic. The game wasn’t televised, so there is no video. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Ernesto Frieri made his Grapefruit League debut today and faced four batters: three strikeouts and a solo homer. Frieri said he spent last season away from baseball to figure some things out, but is ready to get back at it. He added he’s willing to go to Triple-A, which indicates either his contract doesn’t include an opt-out at the end of Spring Training, or he isn’t planning to use it. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in today’s game. The next two games are on the other side of Florida, and rather than bus back and forth both days, the Yankees will have a bunch of players stay overnight.
  • Tomorrow afternoon the Yankees will play the Astros at their new facility, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It opened this year. I think Luis Severino is lined up to pitch. The game will be on MLB.tv.

Here is an open thread for the rest of the day. MLB Network is showing Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico right now even though the game is completely meaningless. Puerto Rico has already clinched a spot in the semifinals and Venezuela has already been eliminated. Still, it’s baseball. Later tonight at 10pm ET MLB Network will have USA vs. Dominican Republic in an elimination game. Winner advances and loser goes home. That’ll be fun. The (hockey) Rangers are playing later and there’s all the March Madness action all day. Talk about whatever here, just not religion or politics.