Thursday, March 27, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 3/27

Jacoby Ellsbury worked out but did not play in a minor league game today. The plan is to have him play Friday and Saturday in hopes of having him ready for Opening Day on Tuesday.

Zoilo Almonte, Scott Sizemore, and Russ Canzler have been assigned to minor league camps and will not make the Opening Day roster. With Almonte going down the Yankees apparently have found no suitors for Ichiro Suzuki in a trade making him safe, for now.

Seven pitchers were also optioned to minor league camps today with Preston Claiborne going to AAA, Chris Leroux, David Herndon, Jim Miller, Yoshinori Tateyama, Danny Burawa, and Fred Lewis were assigned to minor league camps.

With basically two bullpen roster spots up for grabs the remaining men vying for them are Dellin Betances (lock in my opinion), Cesar Cabral, Vidal Nuno, Matt Daley, and Shane Greene. I think the other spot could go to Daley who has pitched his butt off this spring but should go to Cabral or Nuno.

Chad Jennings with the assignments from the day:

Batting practice groups in Tampa:
Group 1: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter, Alfonso Soriano
Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson
· Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, LF Ben Gamel, CF Antoan Richardson (other positions have no backup listed)
· Today’s scheduled relievers: Cesar Cabral, Fred Lewis, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances

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