Nine players were reassigned or optioned to minor league camp on Saturday, and the Yankees completed their first round of cuts this morning by sending catcher Jose Gil and right-hander Grant Duff across the street.
Gil was a late addition tobig league camp and has kind of floated through the system the past few years, filling roles at various levels. He could get a chance to play regularly this season in Tampa. Duff is a hard-throwing reliever who put himself on the map when his fastball picked up velocity. He throws in the upper 90s and could put himself in line for a call-up at some point this season.
• There are now 55 players in camp. Jesus Montero has taken over for Kyle Higashioka as the youngest.
• CC Sabathia is starting for the Yankees this afternoon. Jonathan Albaladejo, Mark Melancon, Zach McAllister, Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova are scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen.
• Scheduled to play off the bench: C Mike Rivera, 1B Juan Miranda, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brandon Laird, LF David Winfree, CF Greg Golson, RF Jon Weber, DH Reid Gorecki.
• Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Colin Curtis and Reegie Corona made the trip but are not scheduled to play.
• Talking this morning about the chances of Marcus Thames making the team, Joe Girardi listed three names as getting a look for a right-handed outfield role off the Yankees bench: Thames, Jamie Hoffmann and David Winfree. I would consider Winfree an extreme longshot — mostly because the Yankees will lose both Thames and Hoffmann if they don’t carry one of them on opening day — but Girardi mentioned Winfree without prompting. It’s worth noting.
Andrew McCutchen CF
Aki Iwamura 2B
Garrett Jones RF
Ryan Doumit C
Ryan Church DH
Lastings Milledge LF
Jeff Clement 1B
Andy LaRoche 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS