Tuesday, February 19, 2013
New York Yankees Spring Training Notes 2/19
The Yankees have announced that David Phelps will start the Grapefruit League opener on Saturday. Adam Warren will start the game on Sunday. Both of these guys were considered because of how far ahead of everyone else they were and the fact that they have already faced live hitting factored into the decision as well. Phil Hughes, even before the injury, was not in consideration supposedly for the start even though he was so far ahead of the rest as well.
Austin Romine says he has stopped thinking about his back and thinks that he is 100% past the injury that cost him most of the 2012 season. This is great news if it is true especially going forward for the 2014 season.
Mark Teixeira's last day in Yankees camp will be March 2nd and Robinson Cano's last day in camp will be March 3rd before both men leave for the World Baseball Classic. That will give both players about eight or nine Yankees games before working out for the WBC.
Mark Montgomery played catch today and said everything feels fine other then a little stiffness in his back, which is expected. The Yankees top bullpen prospect and heir apparent to Mariano Rivera needs to be healthy, especially if Mariano retires after this season, so this is good news. He is expected to throw another side session as early as Thursday or Friday.
Adam Warren, Nik Turley, Brett Marshall, and David Phelps all threw simulated games today against live batting practice. David Phelps threw around 40 pitches all told including one that Ronnier Mustelier sent back flying past Phelps head. Thank goodness everyone is fine.