I have literally been waiting for this moment ever since the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to play for them for the next seven years. Today we’ll get a glimpse of what the outfield will look like with Brett Gardner patrolling left field and Jacoby Ellsbury patrolling center. Sure, the lineup has Ellsbury and Gardner hitting back-to-back, which I don’t think we’ll see in the regular season since Derek Jeter usually hits second, but it’s still a chance to see how this last deal will work out before the regular season.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon compared the Gardner and Ellsbury outfield to the Ellsbury and Shane Victoriono outfield from last season, and I for one hope he’s right. The speed in the outfield will be a tremendous thing to see, and not many hits will drop in the outfield with those two covering so much ground.
– Masahiro Tanaka is throwing a simulated game today while CC Sabathia takes the trip to Vienna, Florida to play against the Nationals. Cito Culver and Jake Cave came up from minor league camp to hit against Tanaka–neither of them had a chance. John Ryan Murphy is catching Tanaka and Francisco Cervelli is catching all the relievers who are throwing sides today (I’ll get to that in a minute). It seemed earlier in Spring Training, Cervelli was Tanaka’s personal catcher. I guess that’s not the case.
– Tyler Austin says his wrist feels better today and he was heading to the indoor cage to hit off a tee.