When today’s workout finished, the crew at George M. Steinbrenner Field went to work painting World Series Champions logos in foul territory along the first-base and third-base lines. The logos will be in place for the spring opener on Wednesday.
Speaking of the opener, the Yankees will face two of their former teammates when the Pirates come to town.
Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson are each scheduled to pitch on Wednesday. Paul Maholm will get the start for the Pirates, with Ohlendorf pitching after him. Both are scheduled for only one inning. Another former Yankees right-hander, Dan McCutchen, will make his first spring appearance on Friday.
Apparently attempting to even out all of the former Yankees now pitching for the Pirates, it seems the Yankees have signed former Pirates first-round pick John Van Benschoten to a minor league deal. Van Benschoten was the eighth overall pick in 2001, but he was also one of several early Pirates draft picks who never worked out at the big league level.