Alfonso Soriano is unaware of how much playing time he’ll get in left field or how often he’ll be the DH, but he does know one thing coming into the 2014 season–he wants to be in the Yankees lineup.
“The most important thing is to just be in the lineup,” he said. “If I’m in the lineup, now matter how — DH, play defense — I’m fine. I just want to be able to help the team. … I’m just focused to get ready in spring training, and I don’t want to put nothing in my mind. I want to just wait for Girardi to talk to me and see what’s going on. Right now, I don’t control that situation. I just want to get ready to get my swing, working on my defense. When he talks to me, I want to know what’s my role here.”
And Soriano is preparing for any role this spring; he was shagging fly balls in left and right field and he even took grounders at first with a first base glove he brought to camp.
“I have some work at first base just in case,” Soriano said. “But I’m just here to help the team to win. I have to be DH, outfield, play once in a while at first base. I’m hoping (to play) because I’m here to help the team.”
As we all know, Mark Teixeira is the Yankees first basemen, but Soriano is working on being as versatile as possible so he could help the Yankees in almost any situation, should the need arise.
– Masahiro Tanaka will make his first real start tomorrow. He’s excited about starting the game since he’ll see actual big league hitters. Francisco Cervelli (who has caught Tanaka the most this Spring) will not make the trip to Clearwater. Brian McCann will catch Tanaka so McCann could gain some familiarity with him.
– Mark Teixeira took batting practice this morning and will do some more later today. It’s also the one year anniversary of when he hurt his wrist in the batting cage, preparing for the World Baseball Classic.