- Aaron Boone said the Yankees are going to ease Troy Tulowitzki into things this spring. He won’t play his first game until sometime next week and it’ll be a while until he plays back-to-back days. Also, he’s going to play shortstop exclusively. “I didn’t get to play last year so I watched a lot of baseball and saw a lot of this team. They played some good baseball and came up just a little bit short. I want to help them finish it off with a championship,” said Tulowitzki, who broke the scoreboard in batting practice today. [Brendan Kuty, Bryan Hoch]
- How does Greg Bird look this spring? “Good,” Boone said, adding there is “definitely a noticeable difference” in his swing and how he’s impacting the baseball. I sure hope so. Bird looked terrible late last year. I’m glad Bird looks good early in camp, but I need to see him hit in games and stay healthy for more than a few weeks at a time before I buy in. [Brendan Kuty, Bryan Hoch]
- Carlos Beltran is in camp as a guest instructor. “There’s some things I saw today in the outfield that I told him we need to talk and some things I saw when he was swinging the bat which he did well. But in the long run, I want him to focus on things that are going to give him a consistent way to approach the game. So we were talking a little bit about that,” he said when asked about his work with Estevan Florial. Beltran said he’s working with Clint Frazier as well. [Brendan Kuty]
Only two more workout days until the Yankees begin their Grapefruit League season. At least the first four spring games will be televised, so that’s cool.