The Yankees are slated to play their first game against a Major League squad today and they’ll travel to McKechnie Field to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are slated to make the trip and will play for approximately half the game. Here are a few notes this morning as the Yankees prepare for their first Spring Training game on the road.
– Eduardo Nunez was slated to play today but he was scratched with the stomach flu. Yangervis Solatre will take Nunez’s spot in the lineup, batting second and playing short stop. To add depth to the bench, the Yankees called up Addison Maruszak from minor league camp.
– The Yankees plan on having Alfonso Soriano enter a Spring Training game on March 2nd. Soriano is behind schedule after entering camp with the flu last week.
– There were a few injuries as camp opened today: Francisco Rondon came to camp “a little sore”. He didn’t say where but if it’s overall soreness, that’s normal this time of year. Matt Daley has a sore calf and he’s been shut down today. Tyler Austin will have his wrist evaluated after complaining of soreness last week but he said his wrist feels significantly better. Finally, Jim Miller says he’s healthy and ready to get back to work.
– Brett Gardner was asked if he had a Twitter account after a fake one popped up a couple of days ago. Gardner confirmed he does not have one, along with Facebook, Instagram, snapchat or a blog. Imagine if he chooses to retire via Facebook or Twitter a la Derek Jeter? That would be something.
The game is not on television but if you have MLB.TV, the game will be on Pirates radio.