The Yankees are playing the Braves later tonight (7pm ET) and Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his first start of Spring Training. That is sort of a big deal. Until then, here are the rest of the day’s notes from camp. The regular game thread will be live a little before first pitch:
- CC Sabathia threw a 29-pitch simulated game and everything went fine. He reportedly sat 87-90 mph. “I’m not hurting. I feel good. That’s the only way I’m judging myself right now,” he said. Joe Girardi said the “movement and life on his fastball, I was like, ‘Wow. It’s good – really good.’ I was really pleased.” No official word yet but it seems Sabathia’s next outing will be in an actual Grapefruit League game. [Erik Boland, Sweeny Murti, Bryan Hoch]
- Chris Capuano is on crutches after suffering a Grade II quad strain yesterday. He received platelet-rich plasma treatment and Girardi said the lefty will be shut down for at least two weeks. Capuano will need to get built up and stretched out after that, so he’s looking at more than a month on the shelf. [David Waldstein, Marly Rivera]
- When asked about replacing Capuano, Girardi said it is “very possible” Adam Warren, Esmil Rogers, or Chase Whitley will slide into that rotation spot. Well, duh. [Rivera]
- Michael Pineda, Andrew Bailey, Esmil Rogers, and Chase Whitley all threw bullpen sessions this afternoon. [Ryan Hatch]
At some point soon the Yankees should be making their first round of roster cuts, maybe even after tonight’s game. Minor league camp starts soon (if it hasn’t already) and players need to get down there to start getting more at-bats and innings. I’d guess Gary Sanchez, Domingo German, Jake Cave, and Cito Culver will be among the first sent down.