Monday, February 29, 2016

New York Yankees Training Camp News and Notes

Jacob Lindgren is healthy and ready to show the Yankees what he can really do.  He is amongst many competing for the last few spots in the Yankees bullpen.  We know the back end three and then maybe Chasen Shreve but other than that the other three spots are open.  I would expect one of Ivan Nova or Bryan Mitchell most likely to be the long man but you never know with that either. 

Rob Refsnyder had been working at third base over the weekend and he was feeling pretty encouraged by the early results.  The throw is of course longer and he said that he is working on having a strong base set when he makes the throw.  It is still very very early in the process but Refsnyder said he feels more comfortable at third than he did after his first two sessions learning second base. 

The Yankees announced their first three grapefruit league game starters which begin on Wednesday.  They will be Luis Severino, Ivan Nova and Bryan Mitchell.  Girardi said those three are the guys that are ready to pitch.  Brett Gardner had a good day on Sunday as he did tee-and-toss for the second day in a row.  He also did some throwing and went through some outfield drills.  He is scheduled to not swing on Monday and then to take full indoor batting practice on Wednesday.  It was supposed to be on Tuesday but the Yankees will have a team bonding at Steinbrenner Field.  They won't be doing any practice at all tomorrow and no one is sure what kind of team bonding they will be doing but we will all find out on Tuesday. 

Ivan Nova took a line drive off his leg on Sunday.  The liner came off of the bat of Aaron Judge, he is fine though.  As Refsnyder has been working at third at least somewhat, Starlin Castro has only worked at second.  Joe Girardi said he still wants to get him some work at third but it is more important for him and Didi Gregorius to get comfortable with each other as they will mostly be the double play combo this year.

The Yankees will open up the grapefruit league schedule on Wednesday at home in Tampa.  There are years where they go with a bunch of big league regulars but Girardi said he is not planning to play all of his regulars on Wednesday.  There is another home game on Thursday and Girardi said he will probably split the everyday guys between the two days.  Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran aren't likely to play in the early games.  Girardi said he isn't exactly sure when they will get into games but he wants to give them a couple of extra days. 

Chasen Shreve was hit by a comebacker on Monday but he seems to be ok.  Michael Pineda appears to be the early standout at camp and that continued on Monday.  Nathan Eovaldi has a sore groin but Eovaldi doesn't seem too concerned.  Girardi said it is more of just give it some extra time since it is spring training and he hasn't missed any of his sides or anything like that.  Aroldis Chapman was impressive in live BP as everyone still awaits a decision on any suspension that could happen with him.  CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller also threw live BP early on Monday.  Girardi said that they all threw well but Chapman threw really well.  Eovaldi and Masashiro Tanaka are the only starters who haven't faced hitters yet.  Tanaka got up to 61 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday but the Yankees haven't announced when he may throw live BP yet.  He is getting closer to that though. 

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