Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spring Training News & Notes 2/19/14

Happy position players reporting to camp day in Yankees spring training camp, the day has finally arrived. Here are a few news and notes for all who missed the days action.

Ichiro has made it his mission to earn his playing time this season and has reportedly done a ton of work this offseason to improve. Chad Jennings said Ichiro looked considerably stronger this season so there is always that, especially since it is highly unlikely that all of the Yankees outfielders will be available for all 162 games.

Brett Gardner offered to play right field if that's what Joe Girardi thought was best today, class act and definitely deserving of the pinstripes. I can see Gardner getting some time there with Alfonso Soriano basically a left fielder or DH at this point in his career. When Beltran needs a day off expect Gardner manning right field for roll call.

Tyler Austin's wrist is 100%, for real this time. Tyler said he felt pain in it from early June 2013 all the way through the Arizona Fall League but says it is finally healed. We need him to have a huge bounce back season, absolutely.

Once again thank you to Chad Jennings for the bullpen session assignments and such seen below:

 Today’s bullpens (all of which happened earlier this morning)
Jose Campos (to Francisco Cervelli)
Dave Robertson (to John Ryan Murphy)
Matt Thornton (to Brian McCann)
Chris Leroux (to Jose Gil)
David Phelps (to Austin Romine)
Yoshinori Tateyama (to Roman Rodriguez)
· Live batting practice at the minor league complex
Manny Banuelos
Cesar Cabral
Matt Daley
Brian Gordon
Shawn Kelley
Mark Montgomery

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