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A-Rod’s spring debut still a mystery (apparently even to A-Rod)

Alex RodriguezJoe Girardi has said over and over again that he’s going to check with Alex Rodriguez before deciding when to put him in the lineup this spring. Well, the Yankees are playing an intrasquad game tomorrow, so is that going to be the day Rodriguez gets some “game” action?

Girardi said he needed to check with Rodriguez. Rodriguez said he needed to check with Girardi.

“If I’m in the lineup, I’ll play,” Rodriguez said.

Surely someone’s going to make the decision at some point on when A-Rod will play. With the Yankees facing a pitching machine on Monday, it really seems the intrasquad game is more about defense than offense, so maybe that’s not a key time for a designated hitter to make his “debut.” Tuesday’s game, though, is a chance for Rodriguez to see live pitching again, and the Yankees have said that’s the priority this spring.

In fact, Rodriguez’s time in the field might be limited strictly because it’s easy to get more at-bats and play more days as a designated hitter than as an infielder.

“It’s really been a while since we’ve seen (him against live pitching),” Girardi said. “I’m excited to see that, and see how he does. … For a guy that was so talented, he has that going for him, and (he) has always had a good swing and been fundamentally sound. He has that going for him. The issues become when you’re older and you haven’t played in a while. That’s the issues. You think about a base for a player, he has it in a sense because he was so fundamentally sound.”

Fundamentals, though, don’t always make a big leaguer. Rodriguez has looked fine in batting practice, and he’s handled light fielding drills, but those don’t provide much of a gauge.

“I think Alex when he’s 60 could probably field a ground ball and show you good hands and that sort of thing,” Girardi said. “Probably swing a bat a little bit (too). I mean, we see guys at Old Timers’ Day come, and they hit the ball out of the ballpark. That’s the bottom line. The real test comes in games, and that’s what we’ve got to see.”

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Sunday afternoon notes: Exhibition schedule right around the corner

Yankees Spring Baseball

Ready or not, the Yankees/ exhibition schedule is right around the corner. There will be one more day of workouts — Monday will include an intrasquad game against a pitching machine — before the Yankees face the Phillies on Tuesday.

It will be the first time many of the big leaguers will see live pitching since the end of last season.

“For the most part, that’s probably how they would like it anyway,” manager Joe Girardi said. “You don’t like facing your own pitchers. I don’t care who you are. You just don’t.”

Aside from Brendan Ryan, who’s still dealing with that recent back injury, and minor league catcher Juan Graterol, who’s coming back from an arm injury, Girardi said he doesn’t have anyone who absolutely can’t play in games right now. Most big league starting pitchers won’t get in games just yet, but that’s pretty typical, and former closer Andrew Bailey is being moved along slowly as a precaution, but Girardi has said that basically everyone is good to go.

That includes, presumably, Alex Rodriguez. Girardi said he’ll check with Rodriguez on Monday before deciding whether he plays in Tuesday’s spring opener. If he’s going to strictly DH, I would think there’s a chance Rodriguez could play back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, letting him play both the spring opener and the home opener, but Girardi said he wants to check with Rodriguez before making any sort of lineup decisions.

“Just making sure he feels that he’s physically ready to go,” Girardi said.

For whatever reason, the exhibition schedule seems to have popped up quickly this spring, but Girardi said that’s not much of an issue.

“It seems to be a good amount of time for the pitchers,” Girardi said. “But as I said, we’ve got five weeks of games. (Players) can wait a couple of days before they get in if they don’t feel that they’re ready, it’s not such a big deal.”

Nathan Eovaldi• Little surprise that Adam Warren is pitching Tuesday’s spring opener. That’s seemed to be a strong possibility since camp opened with Warren saying he’d already faced hitters twice. Might also be little coincidence that new guy Nathan Eovaldi has the home opener, which is being televised on YES Network.

• Girardi said he wasn’t sure when exactly CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda or Masahiro Tanaka would make a spring debut. Tanaka is scheduled to pitch tomorrow, but Girardi wasn’t sure whether that would be a bullpen or live batting practice.

• Speaking of live batting practice, Pineda made a strong impression during his first live BP this morning. “His command was outstanding,” Girardi said. “The movement was great. His slider was good. His changeup was good. Threw a ton of strikes. I mean, he’s a strike thrower. You look at a lot of his games last year, there is not a high pitch count in his games. He is very efficient. He’s great.”

• Considering he’s pitched very little the past three years, it’s worth wondering how many innings Pineda will be allowed to pitch this season. Girardi said the team hasn’t talked about an innings limit, but Pineda was going to have a limit last season had he not missed so much time with the suspension and the injury. “I think they had an idea what they wanted him to be at,” Girardi said. “I don’t remember where it was at.”

• Tomorrow’s intrasquad game is expected to last five or six innings. Pitchers will throw live batting practice in the morning, but there will be no pitcher in the game. Girardi said he expects his big league guys to play, but once again, he wasn’t sure whether Rodriguez would be involved.

Alex Rodriguez• Although the Yankees are opening the exhibition schedule in a National League ballpark, Girardi said he’s assuming he’ll be able to use a designated hitter. If not, I can’t imagine Rodriguez making that trip.

• And since it’s hard to get away from Rodriguez today, he took very few reps at first base during fielding drills this afternoon. The reps he did take were with his third-base glove. I assume he’ll use the regular first-baseman’s mitt when he does full drills at the position. The drills he did at first today were basically just serving as a receiver for the other infielders.

• One personal impression from fielding drills today: Stephen Drew looks really smooth when he charges a slow roller. He was doing that at second base today, and man, he’s good at it. Just looks easy for him.

• I was talking to Chase Whitley in the clubhouse today when John Ryan Murphy walked up. I made a joke that Murphy was there to tell Whitley all the things he did wrong in today’s two-inning live batting practice/sim game. “No I’m not,” Murphy said. “He’s not doing anything wrong.” That’s not the first person I’ve heard who’s been impressed by Whitley early this spring. Worth remembering that this is the first spring training Whitley’s ever been treated as a starter. He worked as a reliever all though big league camp last spring. He said it feels more natural to get stretched out a little bit down here.

• No real final word, just a final image: After today’s workout, a ton of Yankees were on the field for a military appreciation event. They were playing Wiffle Ball with kids, talking to fans, and Girardi gave a little thank you speech from behind home plate. Good stuff by the Yankees.

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Quick notes: First three spring starters set; Warren in opener

Adam Warren

A few quick notes from this Sunday afternoon:

1. The Yankees have announced their first three spring training starters. Adam Warren will start on Tuesday, followed by Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday and Esmil Rogers on Thursday. Chase Whitley said he’s piggybacking one of those days — pitching a couple innings of relief — and I would expect the same for Bryan Mitchell.

2. An intrasquad game is set for tomorrow, and Joe Girardi said he expects the big league regulars to play. No pitcher, though. Several guys will throw live batting practice, but the intrasquad game will be against a pitching machine.

3. No definitive word on whether Alex Rodriguez will play in Tuesday’s spring opener. Girardi said he’ll check with Rodriguez tomorrow, see how he’s feeling, and then make a decision. I wonder if Rodriguez might play each of the first two games at designated hitter just so he can get at-bats. It’s a very short road trip to Clearwater on Tuesday, then a home game on Wednesday.

4. Girardi watched Michael Pineda’s live batting practice this morning and said it was very impressive. Girardi singled out Pineda’s command, his movement, and his offspeed pitches. Also: “Threw a ton of strikes,” Girardi said.

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Sunday morning notes: Pineda feels strong after first live batting practice

Michael Pineda

In his first spring training with the Yankees, Michael Pineda arrived out of shape and blew out his shoulder. In his second spring, he was a rehab pitcher who never got into a game. In his third spring, he had to compete for a spot in the rotation.

Now in his fourth spring training with the Yankees, Pineda took the field this morning as a healthy, active, locked-into-the-rotation starting pitcher. He threw one round of live batting practice and walked back into the clubhouse sweating and smiling.

“It’s a little different (this year),” he said. “Your head and everything is a little different because when you’re hear when you’re on rehab, you know you’re not making the team. Now, you’re a little more comfortable with your friends. About work, it’s the same because you have to work.”

Pineda threw roughly 20 pitches of live batting practice, facing hitters for the first time this spring.

“I feel like everything (with the shoulder) is in the past right now,” he said. “I feel great. I’m feeling good, feeling strong, and I’m happy with that. … Everything is good. My fastball is coming out, and my off(speed) pitches have good movement. I feel good.”

Of course, Pineda felt good last spring as well, but his shoulder went out again soon after the pine tar incident in Boston. He missed three months, returned in August and pitched to a 1.91 ERA in the final two months of the season. In those final nine starts, Pineda allowed more than two earned runs only once — and that one time came when he pitched into the eighth inning of a 5-4 Yankees win.

“I want to win,” Pineda said. “I’m working hard to be healthy all season, try to be ready every five days to put my team in a good position to win the game. That’s what I’m looking for: to help my team win.”

Jose Campos• As has become the routine this spring, the Yankees pitchers did the bulk of their work this morning. That’s when all the bullpens and live batting practice sessions happened. Fielding practice will be later today, but the Yankees have already seen a busy morning on the mound.

• Speaking of the pitchers, this note was added at the bottom of today’s workout schedule: Pitchers bunt in Cage #4 after mound work.

• Remember last spring when J.R. Murphy became John Ryan Murphy. Well, this year Jose Campos has become Vicente Campos. Working his way back from Tommy John, the name Vicente Campos is above his locker, and that’s the name from the Yankees press release announcing Campos had a non-roster invitation to camp. Campos said he’s not sure why he was called Jose those early years in pro ball, but he prefers Vicente.

• And speaking of Campos, he’s been throwing bullpens and said his elbow feels strong roughly a year removed from Tommy John surgery. He sounds optimistic, but obviously his prospect status has taken a hit. Amazing that the two pitchers acquired in the Jesus Montero trade each went through significant injury problems. Hard to keep pitchers healthy.

• In live batting practice, three pitchers actually threw two simulated innings: Chase Whitley, Esmil Rogers and Bryan Mitchell. Obviously all three are getting stretched out as starters who could fall into bullpen roles only if they’re not needed in the rotation.

• Handful of pitchers scheduled for early work again tomorrow, including CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka.

PinderCarpenter• Today’s bullpen sessions:

Branden Pinder (to Roman Rodriguez)
Jacob Lindgren (to Juan Graterol)
David Carpenter (to Austin Romine)
Luis Severino (to Brian McCann)
Domingo German (to Roman Rodriguez)

• Live batting practice:

Group 1
Facing Jonathan Galvez and Mason Williams
Wilking Rodriguez (to Kyle Higashioka)
Esmil Rogers (to Francisco Arcia)
Bryan Mitchell (to Eddy Rodriguez)

Group 2
Facing Cito Culver and Nick Noonan
Chase Whitley (to John Ryan Murphy)
Danny Burawa (to Austin Romine)
Michael Pineda (to Austin Romine)

Group 3
Facing Greg Bird, Jose Pirela and Tyler Austin
Tyler Webb (to Trent Garrison)
Jose De Paula (to Trent Garrison)
Chasen Shreve (to Gary Sanchez)
Jared Burdon (to Gary Sanchez)

Group 4
Facing Jake Cave and Rob Refsnyder
Andrew Miller (to Brian McCann)
Kyle Davis (to Kyle Higashioka)
Chris Martin (to Kyle Higashioka)

JonesCulver• Infield drills:

Field 3
Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Nick Noonan, Rob Refsnyder, Kyle Roller

Field 4
Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones, Jose Pirela, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira

• Batting practice groups:

Group 1
Nick Noonan, Rob Refsnyder, Brian McCann, Eddy Rodriguez
Group 2
Cito Culver, Jose Pirela, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira
Group 3
Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones
Group 4
Greg Bird, Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Kyle Roller
Group 5
Tyler Austin, Carlos Beltran, Jake Cave, Chris Young
Group 6
Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury
Group 7
Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine
Group 8
Francisco Arcia, Trent Garrison, Kyle Higashioka, Gary Sanchez

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After the rain, a busy morning in Tampa

Yesterday’s workout was rained out, but the Yankees are making up for it this morning.

A total of 13 pitchers are throwing live batting practice before 10 am. The biggest name among them is Andrew Miller. Esmil Rogers is throwing two “innings” of a simulated game, getting stretched out as a just-in-case-starter.

It’s not live BP, but Luis Severino is throwing a bullpen today. It only stands out because Brian McCann is catching him. The Yankees typically have McCann focus on guys who could be in the big leagues this season.


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Cashman downplays Andrew Bailey’s chances of making the roster

Andrew BaileyWhen Brian Cashman is asked for an on-the-record player evaluation, it’s often hard to know what to make of his response. His tendency is to downplay things, to keep expectations low. We saw that last year when he called Chase Headley an average defensive third baseman, and before that when he called Masahiro Tanaka a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

So today when, Cashman answered a question about the status of Andrew Bailey, it was hard to know whether he was setting the bar low or sending a real message.

“It’s one of those things where, non-roster situation, it’s a flyer, and the odds are against it,” Cashman said. “And it didn’t work out for us last year. But because of who he is, his makeup, his work ethic, all those things, it made it easier to say, ‘All right, let’s keep trying.’ And he’s someone, if it doesn’t work out, everybody here loves him. I don’t know if he has any interest — and this is not what he has an interest in now — but finding a niche in the game in another capacity down the line (is a possibility) because he’s such a great high-character guy, work ethic, everybody gets along (with him). So, we’re rooting for him to make it on the field, but yeah, the odds are against it from what he’s coming back from. But so far, he’s still plugging in.”

Bailey himself has been far more optimistic, saying he feels a lot like he did back in those all-star years with the Athletics. But it’s been a long time since he pitched in a game, and he’s coming back from a dreaded shoulder injury. Bailey’s certainly not a prospect, but he’s in a similar situation. The upside is significant. But so is the challenge of reaching that point.

“Let’s see him in games where we can truly evaluate him,” Cashman said. “Right now, he still is obviously on a throwing program in a bullpen setting. Is he good enough to get into a competition situation and truly be evaluated right now? (When he is), then it becomes a performance-oriented situation. We haven’t gotten him there yet.”

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Saturday notes: Gregorius working in the shadow of Jeter (and A-Rod)

Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius

If there’s an upside to the relentless Alex Rodriguez stories coming out of Yankees camp, it’s this: No one seems to have noticed the 25-year-old kid trying to replace a legend. Who would have thought it would take a full week of spring training for Derek Jeter’s heir to finally have his locker surrounded by New York media?

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Didi Gregorius said. “I came here a little bit early so I could get to know everybody. I’m not worried about the attention. Of course I’m going to get interviewed no matter what I do, so it’s fine. When you guys come here, like right now, I’m going to answer you guys. Whenever you guys go talk to Alex, I’ll be waiting.”

You could make the case that Gregorius ranks no higher than seventh in terms of Yankees storylines this spring. He’s somewhere behind Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow, CC Sabathia’s knee, and A-Rod’s public apology, unexpected arrival, early batting practice, and missing first-baseman’s mitt.

Didi Gregorius“People didn’t pay a lot of attention to Didi the first few days of camp,” Joe Girardi said. “It could change as time goes on, but I’m sure it helped him to get comfortable a little bit earlier and get to know his teammates without having to answer a lot of questions.”

Of course, Gregorius seems happy in the shadow of two former superstar shortstops. He was an early arrival to camp, and his constant smile has become a quick mainstay around the clubhouse. His defensive skills are well known, and his offense is an obvious source of steady attention for himself and the coaching staff.

“There’s no perfect beast out there,” Brian Cashman said. “(Hitting lefties) is something that hopefully we can work with him on and improve. He’s a developing guy. He’s definitely not a finished product. He’s got a big ceiling. We’ll see if we can together reach that ceiling.”

Cashman basically dismissed the idea that Arizona was ready to give up on him after taking him out of the everyday lineup in the middle of last season. Cashman pointed to youth, defense and left-handed fly-ball tendency as reasons the Yankees liked him. And he pointed to the length negotiations as evidence the Diamondbacks wanted to keep him.

“They turned me down 10,000 ways over and I had to go through a third team,” Cashman said. “I went through a number of different teams who when I was dealing with them who told me, ‘I tried to get him, too.’ I tried to get him at the deadline. I obviously tried to get him over the winter. A number of failed attempts. And then other teams were conveying back to me their failed attempts. So I would not describe him at all as someone they gave up on because he was a hard get, and he cost us Shane Greene. That’s not someone I was planning to trade in any way, shape or form.”

But the Yankees did trade Greene, which says a lot about what they think of Gregorius (and, perhaps, their desperation to get someone to fill this role).

“I personally can’t worry about a shadow of Derek’s somehow affecting the next guy,” Cashman said. “All you can do is tell the next guy, ‘You’re not Derek, so don’t even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time.”

Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius• The Yankees never got on the field for infield drills today, but if they had, the projected big leaguers would have been together for the first time (with Rob Refsnyder notably assigned to the Triple-A group). Girardi made it clear that he plans to let the revamped infield work together quite a bit this spring. “I think especially the double play combination is especially important that you try to keep them together as much as possible,” Girardi said.

• Right now, that double play combination is clearly Gregorius and Stephen Drew. I have to imagine Jose Pirela (who was with the big league group today) and Refsnyder will get some reps next to Gregorius, but it’s clear the Yankees want to give Drew ample time to practice the position and get used to playing alongside Gregorius.

• Drew will get at least some time at shortstop this spring, but second base is his position. “I will probably put him over there (at shortstop) maybe a little bit, just in case,” Girardi said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” If the Yankees really aren’t going to give Drew significant time at shortstop this spring, that makes me think Brendan Ryan’s spot is even more secure as the backup shortstop.

• Speaking of Ryan, still no baseball activity, but “he felt better today,” Girardi said.

Garrett Jones• And speaking of infielders who can play multiple positions, Girardi left no doubt that he’s going to play Garrett Jones at both first base and the outfield this season. Doesn’t sound like he’s necessarily focus on one or the other. “We’re going to have him play both in spring training,” Girardi said. “And I imagine there’s a good chance he’s going to play both during the course of the season.”

• Although he’s apparently on track to play in the early spring training games, the Yankees have eased Carlos Beltran into his defensive drills. He’s been shagging fly balls and making throws, but the Yankees are making sure he doesn’t overdo it at this point. “We’re just taking it slow,” Girardi said. “He’s done some throwing. We don’t feel that, with five weeks of games, there’s any reason to rush him. Guys do their work, but let’s make sure he feels really good about where he’s at and we feel really good about where he’s at.”

• Tomorrow should be a busy day in Yankees camp. All the pitchers who were scheduled to throw live batting practice today will instead throw live batting practice tomorrow. In addition, the guys scheduled for live BP tomorrow, will stay on schedule for live BP tomorrow. That should mean a lot of live at-bats.

• Final word goes to Cashman on Gregorius handling such a significant transition: “You research the player on the evaluation side, (as a) person, but it’s a hard read. It’s a hard read. Guys that are tough as nails in some environments we’ve seen, firsthand, some of those guys transition over here and weren’t the same. And then other guys that grew up in real quiet environments, nothing like New York, that you could maybe expect it might be an issue, thrived in this town. So those things are really hard to predict. Obviously we did all the homework we could possibly do about is he a quality person, is he a worker, is he a good teammate, obviously the talent that he possesses and you’re like, all right, I’m going to try it.”

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Quick Saturday notes: Washed out in Tampa; pitching in flux

Joe Girardi

Although the rain seems to have finally stopped, the field here in Tampa is soaked and the Yankees have basically sent everyone home. Some pitchers threw bullpens and some hitters took batting practice inside, but the bulk of today’s scheduled workout was rained out. A few quick notes from camp:

1. Because of the rain, the pitching situation is now in flux. Joe Girardi said he’ll have to check with Larry Rothschild before announcing any scheduled starters for the first few exhibition games. Adam Warren said he’s still expecting to start Tuesday’s opener, but Girardi said he’ll wait until tomorrow to set anything in stone. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to Larry with all the changes we had to make,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if it changes it, so I’ll put it up tomorrow.” Guys who were supposed to throw live batting practice today didn’t pitch at all. They will instead face hitters tomorrow.

2. Also, no intrasquad game tomorrow. The Yankees were initially talking about playing a game on Sunday, but Girardi said there’s now a “good chance” the intrasquad tuneup will happen on Monday instead.

3. It seems inevitable that Alex Rodriguez will make his spring debut either Tuesday or Wednesday (Girardi said earlier this spring that if Rodriguez doesn’t play the opener, he’ll likely play the second game). That said, Girardi said today that he’s going to check with Rodriguez on Monday to find out how he’s feeling before making a decision about when to throw him into the lineup. The Yankees want to give Rodriguez as many at-bats as possible, so the sooner he plays, the better.

4. Brendan Ryan is progressing but is still not cleared for baseball activities. Girardi said that Ryan and catcher Juan Graterol — a minor league free agent coming back from an arm injury — are the only significant injuries in camp so far. Everyone else is going through normal drills.

5. Today was the first big media scrum about Didi Gregorius. I’m sure I’ll write more about this later today, but it’s pretty amazing that it took this long for Derek Jeter’s replacement to jump into the media spotlight. If there’s an upside to all the A-Rod focus, it might be the fact Gregorius has slipped under the radar for a while.

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Saturday morning notes: Watching it rain in Tampa

Adam Warren

What’s happening at Steinbrenner Field today? Well, right now, it’s raining. And it’s supposed to keep raining until around 3 p.m. The chances of an actual Yankees workout seems awfully slim right now.

Pitchers who were scheduled to throw a normal bullpen were able to do so inside — Adam Warren threw his side session then said he’s expecting to start the spring opener on Tuesday — but the pitchers who were scheduled to face hitters were placed in a holding pattern.

Living batting practice was supposed to start at 10:10 a.m., but that didn’t happen, and the pitchers assigned to live BP were basically waiting to find out what they’ll be doing instead. My guess is they’ll just throw bullpens inside, but we haven’t been told.

Basically, it looks like this will be a light day in Yankees camp. Probably some indoor bullpens for the pitchers and some indoor batting practice for the hitters. It’s a light Saturday.

WilsonRamirez• Warren said he expects to pitch the spring opener. He set that up by throwing a bullpen today. Wonder if the other guys who threw bullpens this morning — including Justin Wilson and Jose Ramirez — might also pitch in the spring opener. Just a theory. The relievers could be on a different schedule.

• Interesting that infielders were pretty clearly divided into big leaguers and Triple-A guys for today’s scheduled fielding drills. Worth noting that Jose Pirela was assigned to the big league group while Rob Refsnyder was kept with the minor league guys.

• In the back of the Yankees clubhouse is a wall of lockers filled with young guys, and right now, that’s the fun wall. Most of the time it’s pretty quiet over there, but everyone once in a while you see something like Mason Williams and Cito Culver pulling off an elaborate, specialized handshake that’s pretty impressive. A lot of the guys on that wall have been playing together for years, so they know one another really well.

• Random clubhouse conversation this morning with infielder Nick Noonan, who seems ticketed for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster as the starting Triple-A shortstop. Although his big league time has come at second base, Noonan said he’s more comfortable at shortstop and seems to prefer that position. The Yankees like him there. I was told when he signed that the Yankees not only believe he can handle the position, but that he can play it really well. Minor league free agent Cole Figueroa — who’s locker is right next to Noonan’s — could also see some shortstop time in Triple-A.

• Live batting practice/simulated games (as scheduled, anyway):

Early group
Cole Figueroa, Ramon Flores, Jonathan Galvez hitting
Kyle Davies (to Kyle Higashioka)
Wilking Rodriguez (to Trent Garrison)
Nick Goody (to Francisco Arcia)

Late group
Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge, Slade Heathcott hitting
Michael Pineda (to Austin Romine)
Chasen Shreve (to Gary Sanchez
Chris Martin (to John Ryan Murphy)
Jose De Paula (to Eddy Rodriguez)

• Bullpens/sides:

Diego Moreno (to Juan Graterol)
James Pazos (to Roman Rodriguez)
Nick Rumbelow (to Eddy Rodriguez)
Jose Ramirez (to Gary Sanchez)
Adam Warren (to John Ryan Murphy)
Justin Wilson (to Brian McCann)

BirdCulver• Infield groups:

Field 3
Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Nick Noonan, Rob Refsnyder, Kyle Roller

Field 4
Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones, Jose Pirela, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira

• Batting practice groups:

Group 1
Nick Noonan, Rob Refsnyder, Brian McCann, Eddy Rodriguez
Group 2
Cito Culver, Jose Pirela, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira
Group 3
Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones
Group 4
Greg Bird, Cole Figueroa, Jonathan Galvez, Kyle Roller
Group 5
Tyler Austin, Carlos Beltran, Jake Cave, Chris Young
Group 6
Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury
Group 7
Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine
Group 8
Francisco Arcia, Trent Garrison, Kyle Higashioka, Gary Sanchez

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It’s raining in Tampa

After a week of nice, sunny weather, we have a rainy day here in Tampa. Nothing extreme, but the rain is pretty steady and will surely impact today’s workout. The field is set up for a normal workout, but it’s wet out there, and probably won’t be dry anytime soon.

If it happens, Michael Pineda is scheduled to face Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge and Slade Hearhcott in live batting practice.


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