Quick Hit: Today’s ST Opener Starting Lineup

Man it feels good to write a title like that again!  The Yanks open their 2015 Spring Training game schedule this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are fresh off getting beat by a college team.  If only the Daily News could find a way to work a joke about that into a joke about A-Rod on their back page.  That would be hilarious!

Anyway, here’s the starting lineup for today’s game:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Chris Young- RF
4) Garrett Jones- 1B
5) Jose Pirela- 2B
6) Austin Romine- C
7) Kyle Roller- DH
8) Jonathan Galvez- 3B
9) Nick Noonan- SS

SP) Adam Warren

There will also be a slew of top prospects playing off the bench and out of the ‘pen today, so that should be fun.  Yankee baseball, baby!  It’s back in a few short hours.

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Report: Luis Torrens Could Miss 2015 Season With A Shoulder Injury

I was going to wait until the severity of the injury was confirmed to write this, but after sleeping on it I realized I don’t expect the news to be good today anyway so why bother waiting on it?  If the news was better, the Yankees probably wouldn’t be waiting to make a formal announcement.

The bad news, via Chad Jennings, is that A-ball catching prospect Luis Torrens has suffered another injury to his right shoulder.  The Yankees are in the “still gathering info” stage of dealing with the injury, so there’s a chance it isn’t season-ending, but there were plenty of rumors out there yesterday saying it was.  That Billy Eppler is involved already and was the one talking to Jennings suggests that it’s pretty serious.

Torrens missed a few months this past season after suffering a shoulder strain very early in the Low-A season.  When he returned from the DL he was sent to SS Staten Island, where he hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA and continued to impress everybody with his natural hitting skills and how quickly he took to full-time catching.  …

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Gird your loins, everyone

Tomorrow, the Yankees are opening Spring Training in Clearwater against the Phillies and Alex Rodriguez won’t be making that trip. I guess the Yankees would rather him be booed at home during his first Spring Training at-bat! (Of note, the Clearwater game will be shown on MLB Network extremely tape delayed at 9 p.m. and the home opener will be live on YES Wednesday afternoon.)

Today Alex (and some of the other Yankees) faced off against a pitching machine. The pitching machine, named Iron Mike, got the best of him, according to the tweets I’ve been seeing but it could have been worse. Chris Young actually struck out against the machine.

Anyway, at least the question of “when will A-Rod play in his first game?” has been answered and there will be no more speculating.

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Quick hit: The first lineups of the year (Yes, A-Rod is in there)

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Here it is they are!

TEAM GATOR
Gregorius
Headley
Teixeira
A-Rod
McCann
Drew
Murphy
Flores
Austin
Williams
Sanchez

TEAM GOOSE
Ellsbury
Gardner
Young
Jones
Romine
Pirela
Bird
Galvez
Noonan
Garrison
Higashioka

Yes, the lineups is are longer than usual because they’re playing an intrasquad game and that the real rules don’t apply. It will be six innings in length and the opposing pitcher is a machine so don’t draw many (if any) conclusions about anyone and how they will fare this season. Okay?

Happy Monday!

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The First Spring A-Rod Story That Matters: Will He Play Tomorrow?

Alex Rodriguez

Courtesy of the AP

The Alex Rodriguez coverage continues to be almost entirely laughable this spring, but yesterday afternoon a few reports came out that were actually worth the time it took to write them.  With the Yankees’ ST opener about a day away, the question has been raised of whether A-Rod will play in that game and if so, at what position?  The beat guys got on this yesterday and didn’t turn up much.  Alex said he had to talk to Joe first, Joe said he had to talk to Alex first, and it sounded like everybody was going to get back and talk about it together today before making a decision.

The Yanks will play a 6-inning intrasquad game today with a pitching machine, and as of this morning it’s still unknown if A-Rod will even participate in that game.  While there will be little to take from his performance in his first game, whenever that may be, I do think the Yankees realize that this decision does carry more weight with it than it normally would.  …

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Joe Names First Three Spring Training Starters

This was supposed to be announced yesterday, but Joe wanted to wait a day and reconvene with his staff after the rainout before making the call.  The reconvening has been done, the decisions have been made, and the announcement is all but official.  Via Wally Matthews, the first 3 Spring Training starters will be Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi, and Esmil Rogers.  Warren gets the ST opener on Tuesday, Eovaldi will throw Wednesday, and Rogers Thursday.

The decision to start Warren and Rogers early is hardly a surprising one.  With both of them being told to stretch out and prepare as starters this offseason, they’re a step or 2 ahead of the rest of the rotation in terms of game readiness.  They also don’t have lingering injury concerns like most of the other projected starters.

Eovaldi got an early start on his spring activities as well, so it’s exciting to see him get one of the early game assignments.  …

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Quick Hit: Ryan’s Roster Chances Take Some Early Body Blows

The weather wiped out most of yesterday’s planned spring camp activities.  For Brendan Ryan, that was probably a good thing.  It hasn’t been a promising start to what is a critically important ST for him if he wants to stay in pinstripes.  He was the first official injury casualty of the spring, straining his back earlier in the week while doing biceps curls.  The Yankees have said he’s only expected to be out for 5 days, but backs can be tricky and they’ve been known to try to sell more serious injuries as minor ones.

Ryan has become a redundant piece on the roster with the signing of Stephen Drew and others, and I’ve been advocating for the Yanks to let Ryan go and use Drew in his role of utility infield backup for a while.  In addition to the early back problems, it appears as though that could be something that hurts Ryan’s roster-making chances as well.  Brendan Kuty reported yesterday that Joe is planning to get Drew some work at shortstop this spring, and why not?  …

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Weekend open thread: Wash out

Today was a wash out down in Tampa which means everything that was supposed to happen today will happen tomorrow. That includes Michael Pineda throwing live batting practice, among others. Manager Joe Girardi had planned an intrasquad game for tomorrow but that will be pushed back to Monday.

Other than that it was a quiet day because media is not allowed in the indoor batting cages which is where guys were because of the rain. Maybe that was a good thing? No more questions about Al from Miami.

Anyway, here is your open thread. Feel free to discuss whatever you like. Oh, and since Brad likes these so much, here’s another picture for you to caption.

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

I’ll start it off, “You put your left foot in and you shake it all about.”

Enjoy!

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Saturday Morning News And Notes: 2/28/15

Have people been watching what Russell Westbrook has been doing?  Dude is out of control right now.  Must-watch TV.  Now here are some of the small Yankee-centric stories that I didn’t get to yesterday:

Brendan Ryan became the first player to suffer a ST injury when it was announced that he strained his back lifting weights.  He’s expected to miss less than a week, but you never know with back injuries.  Remember that Ryan missed all of camp and the start of the regular last year with back problems.

Via Ben Badler, the Yanks will have a spending pool of $2,262,800 for the 2015-2016 international free agent period.  Because they exceeded their spending limit this period, they will be unable to offer any contracts over 300k next year.  From what I’ve read, that means they won’t get a shot at 18-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, who won’t be cleared in time to sign before the end of the 2014-2015 period.…

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