Open Thread: March 15th Camp Notes

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The Yankees beat the Phillies by the score of 3-2 this afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi started and was very good, allowing just two singles in four scoreless innings. He struck out three and faced the minimum thanks to a double play and a caught stealing. Erik Boland says 38 of Eovaldi’s 45 pitches were strikes (84%) and scouts had him sitting 96-98 mph. That’ll do. Chase Whitley threw two scoreless innings, David Carpenter allowed two runs in an inning, and Justin Wilson threw a scoreless inning.

On offense, Chase Headley again led the way with a solo homer. He’s having a great spring. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner both went 1-for-3 while Garrett Jones and Stephen Drew both went 0-for-3. Ellsbury’s hit was a triple. Brian McCann went 0-for-2, Mark Teixeira went 0-for-2 with a walk, and Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-1 with a walk. Here’s the box score — there are no video highlights because the game wasn’t broadcast anywhere — and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • The Yankees announced their first round of roster cuts today: C Trent Garrison, RHP Nick Goody, C Juan Graterol, LHP James Pazos, RHP Diego Moreno, RHP Luis Severino, and LHP Tyler Webb were all reassigned to minor league camp before today’s game and OF Jake Cave, SS Cito Culver, and OF Aaron Judge were reassigned after the game. There are still 58 players in big league camp by my unofficial count.
  • Masahiro Tanaka, Adam Warren, and Bryan Mitchell all threw bullpen sessions this morning. Brendan Ryan (mid-back sprain) is expected to take some regular batting practice this week and he hopes to start playing in actual games soon. [Ryan Hatch]
  • And finally, tomorrow is the Yankees’ first off-day of the Grapefruit League season. Joe Girardi said some players might be at the complex to play catch, but otherwise there are no workouts scheduled. [Hatch]

Here is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing the Angels and White Sox live right now if you’re really jonesin’ for some baseball. The (hockey) Rangers are playing right now and the Knicks are playing later tonight. Talk about anything right here.

Open Thread: March 14th Camp Notes

The Yankees played a pair of split squad games this afternoon, beating the Tigers 4-1 in the home game. Michael Pineda started and was excellent, striking out four and allowing just one base-runner (a walk) in three scoreless innings. Dellin Betances allowed a run on two hits in his inning of work and Andrew Miller struck out a pair in a perfect inning. Chase Headley continued his hot spring by going 2-for-3. Didi Gregorius went 1-for-2, Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 and both Mark Teixeira and Garrett Jones went hitless in three at-bats. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Yankees fell to the Blue Jays 1-0 on the road. Tyler Wade was thrown out at the plate to end the game. Esmil Rogers started and scattered four hits in three shutout innings. He struck out three. Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Rodriguez both went 1-for-3 while Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner both went 0-for-3. Chris Young went 1-for-2 with a walk. Eric Jagielo took a fastball to the thigh in the ninth inning and was lifted for a pinch-runner (Wade), but he’s fine. He jogged down to first then jogged off the field once the pinch-runner came out of the dugout. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game, and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Scott Baker, and Kyle Davies threw bullpen sessions while Andrew Bailey threw a simulated game. I believe this was Severino’s first bullpen since missing a few days with strep throat earlier this week. It was originally reported Bailey would pitch in an actual Grapefruit League game this weekend, but I guess not. Either way, he says he feels great. [Ryan Hatch, Mark Feinsand, Anthony McCarron]
  • Ivan Nova is close to throwing curveballs in the bullpen as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. He could begin throwing them as soon as Thursday’s bullpen session. Brendan Ryan (back) hit off a tee and was expected to begin taking ground balls today. [Associated Press]
  • The Yankees play the Phillies tomorrow afternoon — there’s no video broadcast! — and have their first Grapefruit League off-day on Monday. Nathan Eovaldi will start tomorrow and Sabathia will make his spring debut Tuesday.

This is your open thread for evening. YES will replay this afternoon’s home game against the Tigers at 10:30pm ET and MLB Network will replay this afternoon’s road game against the Blue Jays at 11pm ET. All five local hockey and basketball teams are playing tonight and there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Spring Training Dual Game Thread: Split Squad

BIG MIKE IS HEREThe Yankees are playing a pair of split squad games this afternoon and guess what? There’s video broadcast available for both games. What’s better than one Yankees game? Two Yankees games! Even if they’ll be played at the same exact time.

Half the Yankees are at home in Tampa to play the Tigers and the other half traveled 40 minutes or so up the road to play the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Lots of players were called up from minor league camp today to help fill out the rosters, as you can imagine.

Reason to watch today’s home game: Big Mike! Michael Pineda is making his second start of the spring this afternoon and he’s always fun to watch. He’s probably scheduled for three innings or 45 pitches, something along those lines. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are both scheduled to pitch in that game as well. Here’s the starting lineup:

  1. SS Didi Gregorius
  2. 3B Chase Headley
  3. 2B Stephen Drew
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Garrett Jones
  6. C Austin Romine
  7. RF Tyler Austin
  8. LF Jake Cave
  9. CF Mason Williams
    RHP Michael Pineda

Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, and RF Aaron Judge will be the second string off the bench. C John Ryan Murphy, C/1B Alvaro Noriega, IF Dan Fiorito, and OF Danny Oh are also on the bench.

Available Pitchers: RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Nick Rumbelow, LHP James Pazos, and RHP Jared Burton are all scheduled to pitch. LHP Fred Lewis, LHP Matt Tracy, and RHP Jaron Long are the extra arms.

Reason to watch today’s road game: Esmil Rogers is making his second spring start and he’s supposedly looked very good in camp — meaning he’s actually locating consistently — so let’s see if that continues this afternoon. Also, Alex Rodriguez is playing third base for the third time this spring. This will be his third game in the last four days¬† and first road game of the spring overall. Here’s the starting nine:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. DH Chris Young
  6. 2B Jose Pirela
  7. C Eddy Rodriguez
  8. 1B Kyle Roller
  9. 2B Cole Figueroa
    RHP Esmil Rogers

Available Position Players: C Trent Garrison, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Ali Castillo, SS Cito Culver, 3B Eric Jagielo, LF Ben Gamel, CF Michael O’Neill, and RF Taylor Dugas are coming off the bench to replace the regulars. C Kyle Higashioka, C Tyson Blaser, IF Tyler Wade, and OF Mark Payton are the extra players on the bench.

Available Pitchers: RHP Chris Martin, RHP Danny Burawa, LHP Tyler Webb, RHP Cesar Vargas, and RHP Diego Moreno are all scheduled to pitch after Rogers. RHP Taylor Garrison, RHP Caleb Cotham, and RHP Zach Nuding are the extra arms.

The weather is nice for both games: a little cloudy but no threat of rain and temperatures in the mid-80s. Both games are scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and both games are available on MLB.tv. There are no blackouts in the New York area. The home game against the Tigers will also be broadcast on YES. Enjoy the games, everyone.

Spring Training Game Thread: Skeleton Crew

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The Yankees took the two-hour bus trip down to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox tonight, so, as you might expect, not many regulars are in the lineup. Two hours there and two hours back for a Spring Training night game? Nope. The guys on this trip drew the short straws, basically. This is one of those Spring Training games that will make you wonder why you’re watching.

Tonight’s reason to watch: Prospects, basically. All the big prospect names are scheduled to play tonight and a few big arms will be coming out of the bullpen as well. Also, infielder Tyler Wade is up from minor league camp for the night, so we’ll get to see him in action too.

Here is the starting lineup for the evening:

  1. RF Ramon Flores
  2. CF Chris Young
  3. 1B Garrett Jones
  4. DH Brian McCann
  5. C John Ryan Murphy
  6. 2B Rob Refsnyder
  7. LF Slade Heathcott
  8. 3B Jonathan Galvez
  9. SS Nick Noonan
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Position Players: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Tyler Wade, SS Cito Culver, 3B Cole Figueroa, LF Jake Cave, CF Mason Williams, and RF Aaron Judge will be the second string off the bench. C Francisco Arcia, C Trent Garrison, C Kyle Higashioka, and IF Dan Fiorito are the extra players.

Available Pitchers: LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Jacob Lindgren, RHP Branden Pinder, and RHP Nick Goody are all scheduled to pitch. LHP Tyler Webb, LHP James Pazos, and RHP Nick Rumbelow are the extra arms.

It’s cloudy in Fort Myers and there is some rain in the forecast, but not much. Might be a quick drizzle or two during the game. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 7pm ET and you can watch nationally on MLB Network and MLB.tv. The game won’t be blacked out on either in the New York area. Also, if you’re in the Red Sox market, you can watch on NESN as well. Enjoy the game.

March 13th Camp Notes: Tanaka, Sabathia, Gregorius, Ryan

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The Yankees are traveling down to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and the regular game thread will be along a little closer to game time. Until then, here are the day’s notes from Spring Training:

Masahiro Tanaka stays in one piece, throws two perfect innings in spring debut

After an offseason of waiting, Masahiro Tanaka returned to game action and made his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday night. He threw two perfect innings against the Braves, striking out a pair and getting four weak ground balls. Tanaka threw only 19 pitches and had to go to the bullpen afterwards to get up to his pitch count for the night.

Here’s video of Tanaka’s outing:

Tanaka looked very sharp in his two innings. He located well, his splitter was diving out of the zone, and he even threw some of those slow curveballs in for strikes. Erik Boland spoke to one scout who had Tanaka at 88-91 mph and said “he looked fine … still has excellent command of split.” Another scout told Boland that Tanaka “is not far off. Just a matter of how he bounces back when he does reach for a little more with (his) fastball … no signs of rust.”

After the game, Tanaka told reporters what he’s been telling them all spring: he feels great and has no concerns about the elbow. He also said he was pleased he was able to get ahead in the count early. I know it’s in the back of our minds — how could it not? — but it truly doesn’t seem like Tanaka is worried about his elbow following the partially torn ligament. He just wants to get ready for the season.

All things considered, Thursday night’s debut went as well as we could have possibly hoped. Granted, he was faced a weak Braves lineup, but Tanaka looked like the pre-injury version we saw early last year. It was very encouraging.

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka’s debut

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Spring Training games don’t mean anything, but boy oh boy is tonight’s Grapefruit League match against the Braves important. Staff ace Masahiro Tanaka is making his spring debut — he’s scheduled to throw two innings — and of course he is trying to pitch with that partially torn ligament in his elbow. We’ve been waiting all winter to see Tanaka back on the mound and testing that elbow.

Multiple doctors — world renowned doctors — have cleared Tanaka to pitch following last summer’s rehab work, so it’s not like the Yankees are sending him out there on a whim. But we’re all nervous. It’s only natural to wonder if Tanaka’s next pitch will be his last before the ligament gives. So far everything has gone well though. Tanaka’s thrown multiple bullpens in camp, faced hitters in live batting practice, and thrown a simulated games. Nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of a real game though.

The Braves took the hour ride to Tampa from Disney, and, as you can imagine, not too many big league players made the bus trip down for the Spring Training night game. Here’s their lineup.

Tonight’s reason to watch: Tanaka. Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka. That’s all the reason you need to tune into tonight’s contest.

Here is tonight’s starting lineup, which looks like the potential Opening Day lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. DH Alex Rodriguez
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. SS Didi Gregorius
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Position Players: C Austin Romine, 1B Kyle Roller, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Nick Noonan, 3B Jonathan Galvez, LF Ramon Flores, CF Jake Cave, RF Tyler Austin, and DH Aaron Judge will be the second string off the bench. C Kyle Higashioka, C Trent Garrison, C Francisco Arcia, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cito Culver, OF Slade Heathcott, and OF Mason Williams are also available if needed.

Available Pitchers: RHP Scott Baker, RHP David Carpenter, LHP Justin Wilson, RHP Kyle Davies, and RHP Wilking Rodriguez are also scheduled to pitch. LHP Jacob Lindgren, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Jose Ramirez, and RHP Branden Pinder are the extra arms.

It is pretty cloudy in Tampa and there is a very small chance of rain later tonight. If it does rain, it looks like it will be long after Tanaka’s night is done. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB.tv nationally. There is no MLB.tv blackout in the Yankees’ market. The game will also be replayed on MLB Network at midnight ET. Enjoy the game, folks.