A few people have e-mailed in with roster questions. Hopefully this will clear some things up:
· OF Melky Cabrera and RHP Jose Veras are out of options. Any other player they would want to send down has options.
· The 40-man roster is full. Players like Brett Tomko, Angel Berroa and Ramiro Pena are not on the 40-man roster and would have to be placed on it if they make the team.
· Spots on the 40-man roster can be opened up if a player is placed on the 60-day disabled list. Alex Rodriguez is not a candidate for that list. While players can be placed on the list retroactively, the time period is not such that the Yankees could do this with Alex as he is expected back no later than May 16.
· Lots of folks have asked who the Yankees could take off the 40-man. Given his many injuries, Humberto Sanchez is a candidate. The Yankees also could seek to trade Melky Cabrera or Juan Miranda, who is permanently stuck behind Mark Teixeira. Dan Giese could clear waivers and be retained. There are any number of possibilities.
Are the Yankees getting — gasp! — fan friendly? The gates for home games will open up three hours before first pitch. That means you can get in in time to see the Yankees take BP. That is a change.
I also heard today from a season-ticket holder that he received tickets to the team’s workout on April 2 at the Stadium. I believe that is also a first.
Pretty cool for the Yankees to do that. I think getting to a game early to watch BP is a sign of being a true fan, and not only because you can score some autographs. It’s just fun to watch. I’m a big believer in getting there when the gates open and not leaving until the last out is made.