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Two more reassigned

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

Pirates lineup

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




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