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MLB Spring Training Notebook: 3/26/18

  • New York will officially be without outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to start the season. ‘Ells’ has been out with a right oblique strain since the beginning of March. He returned to action on Thursday, however, he will be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the coming days.
  • On Monday, Alex Rodriguez reported to Tampa, FL for the first time this spring as a Yankees special advisor. He also broadcasted Thursday night’s contest against the Red Sox for ESPN.
  • Manager Aaron Boone announced that the plan for top prospect Gleyber Torres is to play shortstop and second base at a 50%-50% split to begin the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • The Atlanta Braves returned the eighth overall pick in December’s Rule V draft pick, Anyelo Gomez, to the Yankees on Tuesday. Gomez has been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Per Boone, Tyler Wade has officially made the 25-man roster. The manager said on Tuesday that “I feel like it’s going to be a daily thing where those guys I feel like will be getting regular playing time all the time…I just think their skillsets complement each other, so you could see them both in the game every day. Whether they’re sharing a position or somewhere else, just the way the game could potentially unfold, I think they complement each other well.” This was in reference to how and when he will deploy Wade and Neil Walker.
  • More cuts were announced on Wednesday. Tyler Austin, Billy McKinney, Giovanny Gallegos, and Ben Heller were all optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • The Yankees roster was trimmed once again in the form of two pitchers on Friday. Wade LeBlanc was granted a release (per player request), and Luis Cessa was optioned to Scranton.
  • Aaron Judge batted leadoff in Friday’s game against Boston. When asked about his approach in the top of the order the slugger replied, “It doesn’t change at all”.
  • Starting third basemen Brandon Drury was drilled in the left elbow by Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson. He left the game and underwent X-Rays that came back negative. There was swelling so he missed time on Saturday but resumed baseball activities yesterday and is expected to play in Monday’s spring finale in Atlanta. Since the hit-by-pitch, Drury said that he will begin wearing an elbow guard moving forward.
  • The Seattle Mariners returned Mike Ford, the 11th overall selection in the Major League phase of the Rule V Draft this winter to the Yankees. The first basemen was assigned to Triple-A after hitting .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI’s this spring for Seattle.
  • The Yankees 25-man roster is pretty much finalized now that it was announced that Domingo German was optioned to Scranton and Jonathan Holder will make the club out of spring training. New York will carry a three-man bench and have Holder as an extra reliever to begin the season with Ellsbury on the DL. The big-league roster currently stands at 36.
  • Clint Frazier is progressing from his concussion and is performing baseball activities. There is still no timetable for his return.
  • Albert Abreu (appendix) and Thairo Estrada (gunshot wound) are also progressing and have not experienced any setbacks.
  • On Saturday, the oft-injured Greg Bird was sent to Dr. Daniel Murphy in Tampa, FL for a MRI and CT scan on his sore right foot. The results showed inflammation. As a result, the training staff sent Bird to New York to see specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley for more tests on Monday. O’Malley is the doctor who removed the os trigonum bone from Bird’s right ankle last July. Cashman said, “I’m worried about it to be honest”. He added that if the injury is serious, his replacement will come from within the organization.
  • Third basemen Miguel Andujar has worked out and seen some playing time at first base since his demotion to minor league camp last week.