The Yankees did receive a scare when Alex Rodriguez was plunked in the ribs with a hard fastball. The contact made a sick sound and A-Rod headed for the ground in great pain. Joe Girardi removed him immediately from the game but later said that the doctors checked him out and the third baseman is fine.
David Robertson pitched for the first time since hurting his foot while moving empty boxes down some stairs. He looked just fine as he gave up a hit but otherwise was untouched for an inning with one strikeout. His inning followed scoreless innings by Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano. Rivera gave up his first hit of the spring, a double by Delmon Young, but otherwise sailed through the inning.
After the game, the Yankees announced some further roster moves. Ramiro Pena was sent directly to the Empire Yankees. Colin Curtis, Manny Delcarmen (who pitched in today’s game), Cole Garner, Jose Gil and Kevin Whelan were assigned to the minor league camp. There have been some rumors that the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in Pena with the injury woes to Chase Utley.
Some old friends were in the transaction wire today as well. The Reds assigned Andrew Brackman to Louisville in the IL. The Royals sent down Greg Golson to their minor league camp but then traded him to the Chicago White Sox for cash.