Saturday, February 22, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 2/22

Today is photo day at New York Yankees camp which is always fun, someone always has to be photoshopped in for some reason.

Remember Mark Montgomery? The heir apparent to Mariano Rivera, the big time prospect in the Yankees minor league bullpen? If I asked this question last year almost everyone would have said yes but that doesn't seem to be the same answer I am getting this season. That works for Montgomery who is finally healthy and looks great in Yankees camp this year. I expect to see him as one of the first in line if the Yankees need another bullpen arm, that's if he doesn't win a spot out of the spring camps.

David Phelps threw a simulated game this morning, the first of the spring, pitching to John Ryan Murphy and facing Mason Williams and Jose Pirela.

Speaking of firsts of the spring Jorge Posada has showed up to be a guest instructor. It's gotta be cool to be at Yankees spring training camp to see all these former Yankees and legends showing up to help out.

The rain is coming down so the updates may be scarce today as everyone has moved inside until or unless it dries up down there. It's Florida, if you don't like the weather wait five minutes.

Chad Jennings with the assignments as he does every day:

Early bullpens:
Got these in before the rain
Shane Greene (to Gary Sanchez)
Bryan Mitchell (to Pete O’Brien)
Nik Turley (to Francisco Arcia)
Francisco Rondon (to Austin Romine)
Vidal Nuno (to O’Brien)
Adam Warren (to Murphy)
Preston Claiborne (to Jose Gil)
Dave Robertson (to Francisco Cervelli)
· Live batting practice:
Scheduled to begin at 11:35 a.m.
Field 1
Matt Thornton (to Cervelli)
Shawn Kelley (to McCann)
Matt Daley (to Gil)
Chris Leroux (to Gil)
Field 2
Manny Banuelos (to O’Brien)
Cesar Cabral (to Romine)
Brian Gordon (to Sanchez)
Mark Montgomery (to Arcia)
· Infield drills:
Group 1
Russ Canzler (1B), Corban Joseph (2B/1B), Brian Roberts (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Scott Sizemore (3B/2B), Dean Anna (3B/2B), Zealous Wheeler (3B)
Group 2
Mark Teixiera (1B), Jose Pirela (2B/3B), Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS), Brendan Ryan (SS), Eduardo Nunez (3B/SS), Kelly Johnson (3B)
· Batting practice groups:
Most of the catchers have moved to new groups
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Roberts, Jose Gil
Group 2: Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli
Group 3: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Brian McCann
Group 4: Corban Joseph, Yangervis Solarte, Zealous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 5: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki, Gary Sanchez
Group 6: Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Pete O’Brien
Group 7: Tyler Austin, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams, Austin Romine
Group 8: Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Jose Pirela, Francisco Arcia

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