- The Yanks had 2 split-squad games today. One defeated the Orioles, which Jason recapped here. The other squad was beaten by the Tigers 6-2. Johnny Damon got his revenge in his first ‘game’ against the Yanks with a solo home run off of Sergio Mitre. The game was started by Chad Gaudin, who looked shaky again, going 3 innings and allowing 5 hits and 3 earned. Mitre didn’t impress either, going 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned, including that home run to Damon. Boone Logan pitched one perfect inning.
- Joe Girardi cut nine players from any hopes at playing for the MLB team to start the season today, and were sent home to minor league camp. Those nine players include Kei Igawa, Wilkins Arias, Jeremy Bleich, Andrew Brackman, Christian Garcia, Wilkin De La Rosa, D.J. Mitchell and Kevin Whelan and catcher Kyle Higashioka.
- Girardi, who spoke with the YES Network crew during their in-game chat on the Yankee outfield situation, and said that he is in no rush to decide where Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner will begin the season; one would be in left field and one in center. He said that he also expects to switch them around about during the regular season. Granderson started the game in left today, Gardner in center, and both looked at ease. He also made it seemingly doubtful that Jamie Hoffmann would make the MLB roster, as he spoke of how he’s big and fast, but he also spoke of his past against lefties, not the present.
- Girardi also said it’s still up in the air on who his fifth starter will be, and confirmed that he would like to make that decision before March 25.
Thoughts: I find it surprising that Joe sent Igawa back to minor league camp already, because although his spring numbers certainly aren’t stellar (2.2 inn, 4 hits, 5 ER), I thought he would want Igawa to work with the Yankees staff as long as possible to try to make as much improvement as he could before the season started. I’m also glad that Joe is in no rush to decide where he’ll start Gardner and Granderson, and I think it’ll be interesting to see them switching around a bit during the year.