The Yankees made six more cuts tonight.
Brackman was battling for a spot as in the Yankees rotation, but he was a long shot to begin with and now will have to wait for a midseason call up. It’s interesting that he was cut immediately after Ivan Nova went out and threw six no hit innings tonight. That performance must have prompted the Yankees to say to themselves, if they have to take a young pitcher it might as well be Nova who already has 42 innings of experience.
Laird had a chance to make the roster, but that was before Eric Chavez showed up healthy and in good shape. Now Laird will only get a chance if Chavez or another player get injured.
The other four players sent down today, Russo, Mesa, Garrison, and Pope, didn’t have much of a shot to make the team out of spring. It is possible though that all four of these players could be in the Bronx at some point in the season. A lot of that depends on how well they each play and what the Yankees needs are during the season.