Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 3/4

All signs seem to be pointing to Francisco Cervelli being the personal catcher for Masahiro Tanaka. Cervelli is catching his bullpens and spending a ton of time with him, most recently at the Yankees bonding trip.Nothing is official obviously, especially this early in spring, but it seems to be looking that way.

Alfonso Soriano and Mark Teixeira are both on track to make their spring training debuts on Thursday. Matt Thornton is expected to make his spring debut tonight against the Baltimore Orioles.

Speaking of spring debuts Scott Sizemore will make his tonight donning Robinson Cano's #24 jersey. He will come off the bench to finish out the game, not start. Brian McCann is also penciled in to replace Derek Jeter as the DH tonight when he night is complete.

Pat Venditte is up for the day for some reason. No word on if he is available or if it is just an emergency situation. Also no word on whether he would throw with his left hand or right hand tonight if needed. Jeremy Bleich and Graham Stoneburner are also up for the day.

Chad Jennings has the assignments from today:

Today’s bullpen sessions:
Vidal Nuno (to Pete O’Brien)
Shane Greene (to John Ryan Murphy)
Bryan Mitchell (to Roman Rodriguez)
Michael Pineda (to Francisco Arcia)
Hiroki Kuroda (to Jose Gil)
· Today’s second string: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Francisco Arcia, 2B Scott Sizemore, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Antoan Richardson, DH Brian McCann
· Today’s scheduled relievers: Matt Thornton, Brian Gordon, Cesar Cabral, Chris Leroux, Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne (Bruce Billings, Graham Stoneburner, Jeremy Bleich and Pat Venditte listed as available if necessary).
· Tomorrow’s travel squad to Port Charlotte:
Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Dan Burawa, Robert Coello, Matt Daley, Jim Miller, Mark Montgomery, Yoshinori Tateyama
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, John Ryan Murphy, Pete O’Brien, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
Infielders: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Kelly Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Outfielers: Zoilo Almonte, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Brett Gardner, Antoan Richardson, Ichiro Suzuki, Mason Williams


  1. GQ & CC Sabathia......Will a correct fitting uniform, bring back that fastball ? I say, yes !
    Does anyone not tell Sabathia what he looks like ? Like he is wearing a tarpaulin, when he pitches.
    ....A par of painters paint, would look better.
    Or, as in...The emperor has no pants, likened to, the pitcher looks like he is wearing a sail.
    If this is a ghetto thing, than god help us.

    I suggest a tight pair of tailored pants, and high stockings. He reshaped himself, go for it !
    You want pizzazz CC ?....Do as those old 80's rock bands used to do, and stuff some rolled up
    socks in your athletic supporter. That would be intimidation !
    It worked for Rocket Reed.

    Do that, and that old fastball will return.

    1. What always worked for me was...not being a "kiss and tell". "Keep your mouth shut...no matter what"!
      That little quote was told to me by a young lady a few years older than myself. Of course having a letter jacket in high school and college didn't hurt!

  2. JESUS MONTERO...oh, my !
    I've taken the time to see what 40 lbs have done to Jesus Montero. With a mask, he is a Mexican wrestler. He looks like the guy from my Exxon Station.
    Really, this is morphing into a Bartolo Colon.
    The Seattle papers, and the Mariners GM, are ripping him apart.
    Montero's response..." I blame the weight gain, on over eating."....and, " If I can help the club, I will lose
    I can't make this stuff up.

    1. Bring him back, the Derek Jeter effect will fix him.


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)