Spring Training: Day 8 Notes

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It was another relatively quiet day but things should heat up by next week since that’s when games are slated to begin. To end the day, let’s go over some notes and news from camp for the day.

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury practiced their bunting on one of the back fields. I heard Gardner laid down some beautiful bunts and even ended the bunting session on a high note. The only issue is translating the bunting into games.

— Speaking of games, Spring Training games are next week, although the first televised game won’t be until Thursday. Joe Girardi will have his pitching rotation set on Sunday to prepare for the first game on Tuesday.

Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka both have similar deliveries, so Girardi was asked if he considered splitting Tanaka and Kuroda up in the rotation.

“You always think about what’s the best way to line up your rotation so there’s a different look every day,” Girardi said. “Obviously that’s something to consider.”

— Even thought the attention was on Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda threw live batting practice today and Girardi said he was impressed with all four of his starters.

“I thought today was a really good day when you think about the people that threw today and the importance to our team,” Girardi said. “I thought it was a good day. I know it’s early, but it’s what you want to see.

Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy are all trying to win the backup role, and with that said, Girardi admitted Cervelli has more experience than the other catchers. The fact Romine and Murphy still have options could influence the backup catcher position.

“That’s something that’s always brought up,” Girardi said. “Obviously, we’re in this thing to win it so we got to do what we feel is best.”

Although Girardi indicates Cervelli is the favorite to win the backup role, he also added: “You’re looking for the best player.” It’s possible that if someone outshines Cervelli this spring, options and experience won’t be much of a factor.

Alfonso Soriano worked out indoors today as he tries to get over his flu. He’s expected to join the rest of the team for workouts on the field tomorrow.

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3 Responses to Spring Training: Day 8 Notes

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Cervelli is very trade-able, if not now then later in the year.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I was watching the Yankees Hot Stove show on YES last night and that was when I realized out of the three, I really want Austin Romine to be the backup catcher. Unfortunately, the only way that happens is if the Yankees trade Cervelli since Cervelli has no options. I really don't think the Yankees are going to trade Cervelli but Austin Romine has shown the Yankees he can play. Don't let the .207 batting average for the entire season fool you. after the All-Star break he hit .280. He also looks like he has a good arm and he could give the Yankees some offense if the Yankees need Brian McCann to DH or take the day off. But…i don't see that happening unless like you said, Cervelli is traded. If the Yankees do trade him, I do wonder where would he go and what would the Yanks get in return.

  2. Vinny says:

    SD could use him

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