Grapefruit League 2016 is over and done with for the Yankees. They'll be in Miami for the next 2 games before traveling back to New York on Sunday to prepare for Opening Day. The news is coming fast and furious now as we draw closer to the deadline to set rosters. Here's the latest: - There were 2 split-squad games yesterday and both of them were losses. Michael Pineda got knocked around in his final spring tuneup start, giving up 4 home runs. Actually both Yankee starters gave up 4 home runs in their respective outings yesterday. Finishing on a high note.
- Joe announced during one of the games yesterday that both Austin Romine and Luis Cessa have made the Opening Day roster. Romine has been the backup catching favorite for a few weeks now, but Cessa is a bit of a surprise just because he wasn't considered a big part of the competition when camp started. I know I saw him as more of a Triple-A starting option with all the other righty relief depth available. Congrats to them both.
- Joe also announced that Masahiro Tanaka will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day. As if there was ever any real doubt. Tanaka will be followed by Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, and Luis Severino in that order.
- Via Bryan Hoch, the 5th starter decision is still unmade. Ivan Nova definitely made things more difficult with his 6 shutout innings the other day, but I still say the job is CC's to start the season.
- Anthony Swarzak and Cesar Puello were reassigned to MiL camp yesterday. Kirby Yates is the last man standing in the bullpen competition. Have to think that means he's the last man in barring another injury this weekend.
- The Reds put Jake Cave on waivers yesterday, so he could be returned to the Yankees if nobody claims him. They have already received Evan Rutckyj back from the Braves.