With a day before the team breaks camp, Joe Girardi has announced the final two bullpen spots, now only leaving the infield to be a mystery.
The Yankees announced Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno will take the final two spots in the Yankees bullpen after a superb Spring from the both of them. Nuno had initially been involved with the fifth starter competition but Girardi found him to be a better fit for the pen. Nuno will be the second lefty to assist Matt Thornton.
Betances came into camp with the hopes of earning a spot on the Yankees roster and after an impressive Spring, he certainly deserved the role in the Yankees pen.
The Yankees have yet to announce who will win the final spots in the infield, making that the only competition in camp. The Yankees recently announced Michael Pineda won the fifth starter role, placing David Phelps and Adam Warren in the bullpen.
– Mark Teixeira has no worries about his wrist being healthy, but he did admit he altered his mechanics last season, which didn’t really help him considering he missed most of the 2013 season.
“It was unbelievable how early I was letting go of my (left) hand to protect the (right) wrist,” he said. “Just really a bad mechanical thing.”
Teixeira said he even brought it into batting practice, something Kevin Long noticed and made sure he fixed.
It was something I didn’t know I was doing,” Teixeira said. “Kevin (Long) and I have, over the last week, we’ve been really trying to work on me taking my full swing. What I noticed in game film from spring training … (is that) I was protecting my swing the way I was doing last year when I was hurt. I think it’s just bad habits that I got into last year. I really needed to make sure that I was taking my full swing left-handed. The last game was the first game that I felt like all of my swings I was taking my full swing. It felt really good, and the wrist responded well, so that’s a good sign.”
– Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka are slated to pitch tonight. Kuroda’s slated to go two innings and Tanaka will pitch the rest of the game, barring he doesn’t get into trouble. In case he does, Shawn Greene, Cesar Cabral and Matt Daley are in the pen as insurance.
– Michael Pineda will stay behind when the team leaves and will throw a minor league game on Sunday. He’ll pitch in Toronto on Saturday.