Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hitting second, Nathan Eovaldi gets start Wednesday

It is the second game of Spring Training for the New York Yankees and for the first time since Sept. 25, 2013, Alex Rodriguez’s name is in the starting lineup. A-Rod will be the designated hitter as he officially begins his comeback from a one-year suspension due to his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Rodriguez is batting second as the Yankees take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

Rodriguez has been getting work in since a few days before position players had to report to camp. He’s participated in live batting practice and in Monday’s intrasquad game Rodriguez failed to get a hit in two at-bats.

The real test begins this afternoon with Kevin Slowey on the mound. Expectations about Rodriguez are all over the map, but the Yankees intend to give him as many plate appearances this spring as possible in an effort to help him regain his timing.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Aaron Judge leads Yankees to tie in spring opener

Fans of the New York Yankees who cannot wait for the future to take shape were provided a glimpse into coming seasons when Aaron Judge unloaded a game-tying, two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning of the club's Spring Training opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. The game ended in a 5-5 tie.

Judge is certainly an imposing figure at the plate standing in at 6 feet 7 inches tall and 255 pounds. He took a 3-2 pitch just over the left center field wall off lefty Mario Hollands. Judge drove in fellow prospects Jake Cave and Slade Heathcott with the bomb. The home run was one of four extra-base hits on the day for the Yankees.

Yankees’ Adam Warren starts spring opener; will he stick in rotation?

The New York Yankees have Adam Warren in camp this spring as a starter; is it because they feel he’s best suited for that role or by necessity as the club hedges its bets that the front line of the rotation is going to suffer an injury?

Warren gets the start in Tuesday’s Spring Training opener for the Yankees in Clearwater, Florida against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees have decided to go with a six-man rotation this spring which could be reintroduced in the middle part of April when the club begins a 30-game stretch across 31 days.

Warren is competing for the final rotation spot with Chris Capuano, Esmil Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell with Capuano being the favorite. With the chances of injury looming over the Yankees’ heads, Warren could see himself further up the chain once the regular season begins.

Is Warren best suited to be a starter, as an option to take over David Phelps’ role as swingman or be one of the setup guys in the sixth or seventh innings?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Yankees weekend news wrap: Let the games begin

New York is covered in snow, but Monday the Yankees will be playing a baseball game in warm Tampa, Florida. Albeit an intrasquad game, it is nonetheless a ballgame, as the club begins its trek through exhibition games to help determine what the 25-man roster will look like come April.

The batters will face a pitching machine during the game, so this one is about hitting and fielding. Pitchers will have bullpen sessions and toss batting practice in the morning. Tuesday, the Yankees will face the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida with Adam Warren getting the start.

The Yankees are trying to work with a six-man rotation this spring in hopes of bringing the fragile starting staff along a little slower. It is uncertain when CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka or Michael Pineda will get into games. Nathan Eovaldi is set for Wednesday’s start and Esmil Rogers begins Thursday's game according to Chad Jennings of The LoHud Yankees Blog. Chase Whitley, Chris Capuano and Bryan Mitchell are likely to get work in games before the Yankees’ top three.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Yankees enjoy upbeat first week of Spring Training

The New York Yankees are one week into Spring Training as of Friday and while there is incessant chatter about Alex Rodriguez’s return to the diamond (or more like everything he does off it), there are many other on-the-field happenings that has the club upbeat.

While it’s early, the pitching staff has been building up arm strength, with some, facing live batters. The word is that everyone is feeling healthy and showing no signs of early camp soreness {knocking on wood}.

Nathan Eovaldi seems to be the furthest along, mostly since he was in Tampa well before the others arrived. Of course, this makes sense with Eovaldi working on his ancillary pitches in an effort to make the most out of his power fastball.

CC Sabathia threw his latest bullpen session Friday and George King III of the New York Post reported that the big lefty’s surgically repaired right knee is responding well and that he’ll face live hitters sometime next week.