Good morning Yankee fans and happy St. Patrick’s Day.
This morning, Nick Cafardo published some quotes from a scout about the Yankees’ situation with Joba Chamberlain. In short, the Yankees feel that they’ve developed him as far as they can, and they are looking to trade him for Mike Olt. Take this with a grain of salt. Obviously the Yankees will have to kick in another piece or two, but considering the Rangers and Yankees have been scouting each other for around a week now, it seems like this trade is a little more than speculation.
As the outfield situation begins to solidify, the Yankees released Matt Diaz this morning. Although he was limited to just 28 plate appearances, the 35 year old looked burnt out with only 5 singles and 1 walk this Spring. The team looks like they’ll roll the dice on Brennan Boesch in right field, and the fourth outfielder will probably come down to Melky Mesa or Ben Francisco, even though Thomas Neal has had the best offensive showing. Juan Rivera remains an option on the bench as well, but he’s being looked at as a first baseman while the team attempts to trade for a Teixeira replacement.
Speaking of the first baseman, Teixeira returned to Yankee camp this morning and spoke to the media. Still sporting a a brace on his wrist, he clarified that the injury was to a tendon sheath in his wrist, rather than a tendon itself. He also said that this isn’t an injury he could rush back from, and that May is the earliest he could return. It wouldn’t be surprising if Teixeira remains DL’d until June, since wrist injuries can linger.
There were also a few side sessions and simulated bullpens today, of which Joba Chamberlain threw. You have to wonder if the Rangers were in-house to watch.