Archive for Spring Training
The Yankees had a scheduled day off on Monday but are back at it this afternoon. They’re in nearby Clearwater to face the Phillies, so most of the regulars made the trip. Outside of Robinson Cano, there’s a pretty good chance the lineup the team is running out there this afternoon is the lineup we will see come Opening Day. Maybe the order is different, the collection of players figures to be pretty much the same. Here’s the starting nine…
- CF Brett Gardner
Derek JeterGil Velazquez — Jeter was scratched due to a “cranky” ankle
- LF Ichiro Suzuki
- 1B Kevin Youkilis
- DH Travis Hafner
- RF Brennan Boesch
- C Chris Stewart
- 3B Ronnie Mustelier
- 2B Corban Joseph
Available Pitchers: Not sure who is scheduled to pitch after Warren, but RHP Chase Whitley, RHP Ryan Pope, and RHP Graham Stoneburner are all available in relief.
Available Position Players: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Walter Ibarra, SS Gil Velazquez, 3B Addison Maruszak, LF Ben Francisco, CF Melky Mesa, and RF Thomas Neal are all coming off the bench. C Kyle Higashioka, INF Casey Stevenson, and OF Ramon Flores are available if needed.
This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on ESPN and MLB.tv (no local blackouts), but not YES. Enjoy the game.
The Yankees were off today, so not a whole lot went on down in Tampa. Phil Hughes came through his simulated game just fine while Andy Pettitte (5.2 innings) and Mariano Rivera (two innings) got in some work during the simulated game as well. Everyone came through a-okay and regular old Spring Training will resume tomorrow when Adam Warren starts against the Phillies in Clearwater. That game will be on ESPN and MLB.tv, but not YES.
Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are all playing, plus Robinson Cano‘s Dominican Republic team is playing the Netherlands for the right to play Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic Final tomorrow. That game starts at 9pm ET and can be seen on MLB Network. Talk about any of that stuff and more right here.
Via Meredith Marakovits & Chad Jennings: Phil Hughes threw roughly 40 pitches in a simulated game this morning. Afterwards, the right-hander said his arm strength was fine and his back feels healthy. He expects the next step to be a minor league game later this week. The Yankees won’t need a fifth starter until the seventh game of the season, so there is still enough time for Hughes to get ready for the start of the year. Just not that much. It’ll be close.
The Yankees knocked the
Braves Pirates around this afternoon, with Melky Mesa delivering a grand slam for the big blow. Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Youkilis, and Brennan Boesch all had two hits as well, including a double and a homer from Youkilis. Ivan Nova allowed four runs in five innings, easily his worst outing of the spring. He and David Phelps remain neck-and-neck in the fifth starter’s race, at least in theory. That competition could have been rigged from the start. David Robertson tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…
- Boone Logan (elbow) threw a simulated game yesterday and said he still feels something in his elbow, but it’s not pain. Just some inflammation that doesn’t bother him while pitching. He hopes to pitch in a game next, but another simulated game could be on the docket first. [Chad Jennings]
- Clay Rapada, meanwhile, is still shut down with shoulder tendinitis and there is no timetable for him to get back into a game. He might not be ready in time for the start of the season, and the same goes for Logan at this point as well. [Jennings]
- OF Slade Heathcott has been reassigned to minor league camp, meaning the Yankees are unofficially down to 52 players in big league camp. Matt Diaz was released earlier today. Heathcott is dealing with patellar tendinitis and there’s no word on when he might return to the field. [Jennings]
- The Yankees are off on Monday and it sounds like it will be a full day off. No scheduled workouts other than Phil Hughes‘ simulated game and miscellaneous bullpens for rehabbing players, stuff like that. Adam Warren will start against the Phillies in Clearwater on Tuesday afternoon, a game that will be broadcast on ESPN and MLB.tv but not YES.
Here is your open thread for the evening. The Nets are playing and Puerto Rico and Japan are meeting in a World Baseball Classic Semifinals game (9pm ET on MLB Network). The winner of that game advances to Tuesday’s championship game against the winner of Monday’s Dominican Republic-Netherlands game. Talk about any of that and more right here. Enjoy.
We have our first outfield competition casualty. The Yankees have released Matt Diaz according to multiple reports from Tampa. He has been in camp on a minor league deal.
Diaz, 35, went 6-for-30 (.200) in camp with no extra-base hits, and by releasing him now the club gave the right-hander hitter two weeks to find a new job before the season. Ben Francisco and Juan Rivera look like very strong candidates to make the team right now, especially Rivera given his ability to play first base in the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s injury.
7:32pm: Let’s just use this for tonight’s open thread as well. Go nuts.
12:25pm: Sorry for the late post, but here’s your thread for today’s games. Hiroki Kuroda is pitching right now on YES and MLB.tv — Brennan Boesch is playing — and later today the other half of the team will be playing on the road against the Braves. That one starts at 5pm ET and can be seen on MLB.tv only. Enjoy.
The Yankees beat the Marlins this afternoon, rebounding nicely from yesterday’s shellacking at the hands of the Blue Jays. CC Sabathia allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings, his first real game action of Spring Training. By all account his surgically repaired elbow held up just fine and he will make another start in a few days. That’s the big story of the day, obviously.
Derek Jeter singled and played shortstop again, and his surgically repaired ankle is doing a-okay. Also good news. Travis Hafner and Frankie Cervelli both launched homers, the first of the Grapefruit League season for both. Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson both threw an inning, with Roberson allowing the runner he inherited from Joba to score. Jose Pirela went 2-for-3 off the bench with two triples, so that’s cool. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…
- Ronnie Mustelier crashed into the railing around the camera well in this afternoon’s game, and he has “multiple contusions to both legs” and will be reevaluated again tomorrow. He’s not going for x-rays but will take tomorrow off and target a return to the lineup on Tuesday following Monday’s off-day. [Dan Barbarisi]
- Slade Heathcott has patellar tendinitis — that’s a knee issue unrelated to the thumb problem he dealt with a week or two ago — and there is no word on when he might return to the field. Sigh. [Chad Jennings]
- Michael Pineda (shoulder) and Cesar Cabral (elbow) threw another round of 35-pitch bullpen sessions this morning, including sliders and changeups. So far, so good. [Jennings]
- Boone Logan (elbow) will throw live batting practice tomorrow. He’s been sidelined by a nagging elbow issue in camp and has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game. [George King]
- Tyler Austin and Mark Montgomery were named the 2012 Kevin Lawn Player and Pitcher of the Year, the team announced. It’s a minor league thing, obviously. Past winners include Eduardo Nunez, Austin Romine, Austin Jackson, David Phelps, Phil Coke, and Ian Kennedy.
- The Yankees are playing a pair of split squad games tomorrow. Hiroki Kuroda & Co. will face Phillies at home while David Phelps heads to Disney to face the Braves along with Cervelli, Jayson Nix, Nunez, Matt Diaz, Ben Francisco, and Melky Mesa. The home game will be on YES and MLB.tv (12pm ET), the road game on MLB.tv only (5pm ET).
Here is your open thread for the evening. The big game of the night is USA-Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic (7pm ET on MLB Network), an elimination game where the loser goes home and the winner goes to the semifinals in San Francisco. Ryan Vogelsong and former Yankees farmhand Nelson Figueroa is your pitching matchup. The Devils are also playing, but talk about whatever you like here. Enjoy.
Sixteen days from now, CC Sabathia will be on the mound for Opening Day. Today he will make his first Spring Training start after a series of simulated games designed to keep AL East rivals from seeing him before the season. Sabathia got his pitch count up to around 40 pitches last time out, so he’ll probably go 60 pitches or so this afternoon. Given his offseason elbow surgery, this game is a pretty important step. Here’s the starting nine…
- CF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- LF Ichiro Suzuki
- DH Travis Hafner
- RF Juan Rivera
- C Frankie Cervelli
- 3B Ronnie Mustelier
- 1B Dan Johnson
- 2B Corban Joseph
And on the mound is the left-hander from Vallejo, CC Sabathia. Here are the day’s second stringers, courtesy of Chad Jennings.
Available Position Players: C Francisco Arcia, 2B Gil Velazquez, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Matt Diaz, CF Melky Mesa, RF Thomas Neal, and DH Bobby Wilson will come off the bench. Johnson will play the entire game, apparently.
The game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES and MLB.tv (no local blackout). Enjoy.
Phil Hughes faced hitters this morning for the first time since dealing with a bulging disk in his upper back earlier in camp. He threw 26 pitches and everything went fine, so he’s now expected to throw a simulated game on Monday. I suppose Hughes could make his Grapefruit League debut after that, but it seems unlikely he’ll be ready in time for the start of the season. No reason to rush it and risk a setback.
The Yankees beat the Phillies on Wednesday night, extending their Grapefruit League winning streak to four games. They’ve outscored their opponents 16-3 during the four games. Derek Jeter played shortstop for the first time since having left ankle surgery in late-October, but he wasn’t tested at all. Not a single defensive play (that I remember). Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. He went 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate. Ichiro Suzuki singled twice while Kevin Youkilis and new Yankee Ben Francisco both doubled.
Andy Pettitte made his Spring Training debut with three innings of one-run ball, getting his pitch count up to right around 60. Mariano Rivera made his second appearance of the spring and fired off another perfect inning. Shawn Kelley struck out two in a perfect inning and has quietly struck out five against no walks in five innings in camp. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…
- RHP Adam Warren, OF Zoilo Almonte, and IF Corban Joseph were all sent to minor league camp. That’s notable because Almonte and Joseph had chances to made the big league team, albeit small ones. Ronnie Mustelier is still alive though. The Yankees still have 51 players in camp by my unofficial count. [Mark Feinsand]
- As expected, Phil Hughes will throw live batting practice tomorrow. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild won’t reveal his schedule for the right-hander, but it seems like a simulated game could be next. [Joel Sherman]
- This isn’t really a camp note, so the speak, but I recommend this Dan Barbarisi article on Mariano Rivera and Ivan Nova. It details how Rivera gave Nova a little kick in the behind and told him to work harder if he wants to keep his job.
- The Yankees will be on the road in Dunedin to face the Blue Jays tomorrow, a game that will not be televised at all. The starter still hasn’t been announced, but it’s expected to beWarren or Jose Ramirez.