Preston Claiborne wasn’t a lock to make the bullpen, but after the season he had last year, he had a legitimate shot to make the roster.
That was before he gave up nine runs, including six runs without recording an out yesterday.
“With what he did last year, we thought that he would have a really good chance of being in our bullpen,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He just really never got on a role in spring training. As we told him, we know he’s capable of pitching much better than he did. It’s his job just to go get ready.”
So instead of starting with the big league club, Claiborne will go to Triple-A and prove to the Yankees that he’s capable of earning a spot at some point during the season.
“I don’t think anyone ever takes the news well,” Girardi said. “I think (Claiborne) understood, and he understood that he was not throwing the ball the way that he was capable of. But he was very determined to go fix that.”
– The Yankees made some more roster cuts along with Claiborne including Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis, Chris Leroux, Scott Sizemore, Zoilo Almonte, Jim Miller, David Herndon, Yoshinori Tateyama and Russ Canzler. The Yankees will make their final cuts of the Spring tomorrow as they try to put together the final pieces of the bullpen and the infield.
– Jacoby Ellsbury is slated to workout but he won’t play a game today. It doesn’t look as if he’ll play another Major League Spring Training game since the plan is for him to play two more minor league games on Friday and Saturday. The reason he could play minor league games is so the Yankees can backdate in case Ellsbury ends up on the DL (it’s a slim chance of it happening, but it’s just to be cautious).