Yankees Spring Training News and Notes: February 20, 2019

We are inching ever closer to the first spring training game.  With that let’s take a look at some of the news and notes from Yankees spring training in Tampa.’

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches batting practice at the New York Yankees spring training baseball facility, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tulowitzki Healthy, Puts on Power Display

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler noted that Tory Tulowitzki would be training exclusively as a shortstop during spring training.

Tulowitzki put on a power display during batting practice, even breaking the video board at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  ESPN’s Coley Harvey had the video of it.

Tulowitzki is scheduled to make his Yankees debut likely on Monday or Tuesday.

Bird Makes Change to his Swing

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reported that Aaron Boone said that there is “definitely a noticeable difference” in Greg Bird’s swing.  Jack Curry talked to Bird and shared that he has been using his legs more effectively since reporting to Tampa in January.

Torres Working to Improve on Rookie Season

Newsday’s Erik Boland has a good story on Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres. In the article, he talked with Torres on what he has been doing during the offseason to improve including moving to Tampa and working regularly with Carlos Mendoza.

Spring Training Games Begin Saturday

The Yankees are set to play their first spring training game on Saturday, February 23 at 1 pm against the Boston Red Sox.  NESN and MLB Network will broadcast the game.

Minor League Spring Training Opens March 1

Yankees minor league spring training will kick off on March 1 when players are scheduled to report to the Player Development & Scouting Complex in Tampa.  MiLB spring training games are scheduled to start on March 12.