J.A. Happ allowed one run in three innings in his latest tune-up appearance. He seemed to throw an awful lot of changeups this afternoon. Must’ve been working on it. Dellin Betances made his Grapefruit League debut and looked to be going through the motions in a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle looked quite good in their perfect innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the day’s notes from Tampa:
- In case you missed it earlier, Luis Severino was a late scratch from this afternoon’s start. He has rotator cuff inflammation and will be shut down two weeks. Aaron Boone said Severino is “highly unlikely” to be ready for Opening Day. Bummer.
- Aaron Hicks (back) was held out of the lineup again today and said he is a couple days away from swinging a bat. An MRI came back clean. “(Hicks is) dealing with a little bit of back soreness. Not something I’m too concerned about,” said Aaron Boone. [Lindsey Adler, Bryan Hoch]
- CC Sabathia will throw his next bullpen session tomorrow, he said during an in-game interview on YES this afternoon. It’ll be his third bullpen since beginning his throwing program Friday. Sabathia said everything is going well so far and he has no restrictions.
- We’ve reached the point in the spring where scheduled starting pitchers have stopped being reported. Jonathan Loaisiga is starting tomorrow. I know that much. Luis Cessa lines up to start Thursday’s game. We’ll see. [Bryan Hoch]
If you’re interested, today’s game will be replayed on YES (7pm ET) and MLB Network (11pm ET). The Yankees are back at it tomorrow afternoon with another home game, that one against the Cardinals. The game will be televised live on YES and MLB.tv.