MLB Spring Training Notebook: 3/5/2018

  • Clint Frazier sustained a “mild concussion” in last Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, FL. Frazier reported a “cloudy sensation” immediately following a catch where he hit the back of his head on a chain-linked fence that covers a scoreboard in the outfield of the Pirates LECOM Park in left field. He has experienced a setback from his first concussion. Reporters were previously told he could see game action early as late this week, but that seems like a big stretch now that Clint has not responded as well as the team hoped he would.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson reported to Tampa, FL on Monday. Wilson, who played collegiate baseball at North Carolina State, hit six home runs in his first on-field batting practice. He was placed in the same hitting group as Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. Earlier in his first day at Yankees Spring Training, he took ground balls and turned double-play’s with Didi Gregorius amongst others and called the team together and gave a speech. The Super Bowl champion surprisingly did make his Yankees spring training debut on Friday, as he entered the game as a pinch hitter for Aaron Judge in the bottom of the fifth inning. As he left camp on Friday, Wilson gave his teammates a nice parting gift – a signed football that was inscribed “Russell Wilson, John 3:30, SB 48 Champs”.
  • All-Star Catcher Gary Sanchez is already frustrated with the new pace of play rules implemented by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. When talking about watching his pitcher Chance Adams struggle in Monday night’s game against Philadelphia, the young catcher said, “When Chance was pitching, it was tough because I wanted to go out there… I was waiting for maybe the pitching coach to go out there…It’s a new rule, so we need to adjust to it. The good thing is we’re here in spring training, and we take advantage of the time here to see how it goes”.
  • Aaron Judge told ESPN on Monday that he is not 100% and that it will be a “work in progress until Opening Day” as he recovers from his offseason shoulder surgery that occurred in November.
  • Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both are receiving reps in left field. Aaron Boone said that Jacoby Ellsbury might also see time at the position this season as well. Ellsbury responded by saying, “I’ve played there before. I played there in the (2007) World Series. It’s how I came up, playing everywhere.”
  • The Yankees have signed veteran Adam Lind to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. The 34-year old first basemen and corner outfielder will compete with mainly Tyler Austin for a bench spot. Last season Lind hit .303 with 14 home runs, and 59 RBI’s for the Washington Nationals in 116 games. This should be viewed as an insurance policy for the oft-injured Greg Bird at first base. To note, Lind was an excellent pinch-hitter last season and hit a league-leading four pinch-hit homers in 48 plate appearances.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury has “a little oblique strain” according to his manager. The outfielder reportedly felt some discomfort following batting practice on Friday. Ellsbury, who has three years and $68 million left on his contract, was scratched from the lineup after experiencing the tightness in his right side. No timetable has been set for his return.