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Martin, Sabathia and Prior ready for spring debuts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Off to a roaring start on my first day back on the job. Couldn’t log into the blog this morning in Tampa, then had to drive to the Tigers’ facility in Lakeland. Things are finally working again, so we’re back online and ready to go with CC Sabathia’s first spring start.

“I don’t necessarily have a lot of concern about him except health,” Joe Girardi said.

As long as Sabathia gets through this outing without any physical problems, the Yankees will be happy. He could give up 20 runs this afternoon and still be the Opening Day starter in a month.

Today will also be the Yankees spring training debut for Mark Prior (who’s scheduled to pitch in relief) and Russell Martin (who’s getting the start at DH).

• Girardi said he expects Martin to get one more start at DH before finally catching in a spring game. He’ll probably catch Thursday or Friday. “We’ll see how he moves (today),” Girardi said.

• Greg Golson said he feels fine after being hit in the head by A.J. Burnett yesterday. It was during live batting practice, and it was the first pitch Golson saw. He said he was shaken up initially, but he feels fine and was laughing about it this morning. He’ll go for precautionary tests, but Golson said he’s not worried about it.

• Andrew Brackman threw off flat ground today and yesterday. He’ll probably throw off a mound Tuesday or Wednesday. “Knock the rust off, then get in a game,” he said.

• Girardi said he’s excited to see Prior, but he’s also excited to see Manny Banuelos get into today’s game. Girardi said the Yankees are trying to pull back on the young guys and not let them go all out just yet. They don’t want them to overdo it. Dellin Betances, for example, could have pitched more than an inning yesterday but the Yankees didn’t want him going too crazy trying to make a big impression.

Pitchers available this afternoon: CC Sabathia, Pedro Feliciano, Manny Banuelos, Mark Prior, Daniel Turpen, Robert Fish, D.J. Mitchell, Luis Ayala, Steve Garrison, Eric Wordekemper and Ryan Pope. That’s the group that made the trip. It’s not likely all of them will get in the game.

Scheduled to play off the bench: C Austin Romine, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Ramiro Pena, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Austin Krum, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Colin Curtis

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Justin Maxwell LF
Melky Mesa CF

LHP CC Sabathia

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Ryan Raburn LF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B
Scott Sizemore 2B
Alex Avila C

RHP Justin Verlander

Associated Press photo of Martin catching in the bullpen

 
 

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58 Responses to “Martin, Sabathia and Prior ready for spring debuts”

  1. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Is MLB network replaying todays game later? Anybody know.

  2. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Welcome back, Chad.

  3. PhiltheThrill February 28th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Go Yankees!

  4. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    “Is MLB network replaying todays game later? Anybody know”

    That’s a negative. They’re carrying live games at 3 PM and 9:30.

  5. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Quite a lot of regulars for a road game…surprising.

    Wish it were televised.

  6. pat February 28th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Doreen

    Yes. I don’t know much about Sisco just remembered him as being as big as a mountain and no one ever looked comfortable standing in against him because he threw hard and wasn’t always sure where the ball was going.

  7. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Has Brian Anderson pitched yet, and if not, when do we get to see him? Pretty interesting story…could make the pen and be a reserve OFer! :-)

  8. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    1. Welcome back Chad.

    2. One more thought on my thoughts of Mets potentially trading David Wright – you know who might be interested in a quality 3B? Atlanta. Chipper Jones is trying to come back, at 38yo, from left knee ACL surgery. Who knows how that goes. Wright could really achieve if he were on another, high quality, team. Without having the pressure to be The Man, on a team going nowhere, he might have a really good season.

  9. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Chip – you out there? Who might the Braves trade to the Mets for David Wright? :)

  10. pat February 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    #Tigers Cabrera gets batting cage hugs from #Yankees Jeter, A-Rod and Girardi. Another beautiful, feel-good day in Lakeland.
    35 minutes ago via web

  11. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Mell,

    Thanks….I was hoping to see Banuelos :(

  12. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I wish I could watch Mesa play.

  13. blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Don’t think its been talked about but Gardner had a perfect day yesterday with 2 walks and a great swing for a double down the 3rd base line….good sign regarding the wrist.

  14. Cashmoney February 28th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    me too Rich, I am curious about Melkman II.

  15. Chambliss February 28th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can buy At Bat 2011 for fifteen bucks and it comes with spring training games on mlb.tv.

  16. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “Chip – you out there? Who might the Braves trade to the Mets for David Wright?’

    Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and solid position player prospect?

  17. Tarheel In NYC February 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Welcome back, Chad. And thank you, Sam, for doing such a marvelous job while holding down the fort.

    I hope Mark Prior has a good day. I can’t help but root for him. I always feel badly when athletes who are on the rise get blown out of the water by an injury.

  18. SJ44 February 28th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Reading the other thread……

    To me, the most overrated aspect of the game is speed.

    We always hear these grand proclamations every spring about how (insert name) will steal all these ungodly number of bases.

    Several problems with these theories:

    1. In the case of guys like Ellsbury and Crawford, they don’t get on base enough to steal meaningful bases. Notice I said, “meaningful”. Accumulating numbers don’t mean much if they don’t impact the game.

    2. Some hitters get distracted with basestealers and prefer they don’t distract them at the plate. That slows down a running game.

    3. This is particularly true in the case of Crawford. He is famous for telling teammates in Tampa how much he hated playing in bad weather.

    He will have to face that in Boston and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the weather.

    The one area where speed is an asset is OF defense. That’s where having speed in baseball is helpful.

    In the end though, it’s all about pitching.

    Pitch well, A’s the Giants did last year, and you can win with a team full of turtles on the bases. Which they had.

  19. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    that s a pretty impressive group the tigers are rolling out today. adding vmart is big.

    verlander’s last 2 seasons make him the kind of elite AL pitcher that was projected of him . he was up and down and back again until it all came together in 2009, his 5th season in the bigs.

  20. 108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    The Mets will draw more fans than the Rays but not by much. A fire sale by July will see many empty seats at Citi Field as Alderson clears the books.

  21. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    the mets cant go scorched-earth, they have to pick who they are going to build around for a reasonably quick return to relevance. wright is the guy to build around, so i dont see him moving.

    reyes is gone if he’s healthy b/c they are not going to commit $100M to him. K-rod has to be moved before his 55 game finishes commit them to $18M for next season.

    Santana is the big question mark, if he’s healthy and they deal him, they are going into a deep rebuild. then even bay comes into play.

    but i still say wright stays put.

  22. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    SJ44–

    The one area where speed is an asset is OF defense. That’s where having speed in baseball is helpful.

    For 81 games, Crawford’s speed in LF is wasted by small Fenway LF, and while fast, Ellsbury is considered a poor CFer.

    So even speed is not such a great advantage for them

  23. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    The Mets will draw more fans than the Rays but not by much. A fire sale by July will see many empty seats at Citi Field as Alderson clears the books.
    ______________
    I wonder if the Wilpons will start selling Citifield seats on eBay as memorabilia items.

  24. pat February 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Beltran accepting a position change so congenially you’d think Boras told him the Yankees and Sox might be in the market for a RFer next year. :wink:

  25. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Detroit could be interesting this year…depends how far their pitching will take them. Key IMO is Big Max.

  26. 108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Carl Crawford will be utilized a different way in Boston. The weight of his contract and 81 games of crowds he wasn’t used to seeing with the Rays could be a factor in his game.
    He never was a legitimate power hitter and good LH pitchers can get him out with offspeed stuff.

  27. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    108 stitches February 28th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Carl Crawford will be utilized a different way in Boston.
    _______________
    ??As scapegoat??

  28. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    How significant was A-Gone’s shoulder surgery?

  29. champ809 February 28th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    FOR ALL THE PROSPECTS HUGGERS….

    The Yanks upper level minors teams will be stacked with interesting names particularly and most importantly the AA TrentonTigers. Look at this roster

    Starters- Bettances Banuelos Warren Stoneburner Hall

    C – Romine
    1B- Suttle
    2B- Corbin Joseph
    SS- Jose Pirela
    3B- Dave Adams

    LF- Damon Subblett ( Brewer may get bumped to AAA Scranton )
    CF- Abraham Almonte
    RF- Melky Mesa
    4th OF- Austin Krum
    DH- Leslie

    Romine, Suttle, Joseph, Adams, Almonte and Mesa represent 6 of the top 15 prospect bats in the Yanks system and all are poised to really breakout of follow through on breakout years from last year.
    Sublett is a very good sleeper prospect who could really re-establish the buzz he had 2yrs ago before some injuries derailed him a bit….could be what Eduardo Nunez was for Trenton 2yrs ago.
    Romine will probably get a promo to AAA after the 1st couple of months but if J.R. Murphy or Higgy follow through on their respective 2nd halves from last season the Thunder may not miss a beat following Romines’ promotion.

    As far as the depth behind the SP’s you have guys like Jose Ramirez, Brett Marshall, Jairo Heredia starting in Tampa who will prob move quick backing those guys up.

  30. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    “Detroit could be interesting this year…depends how far their pitching will take them. Key IMO is Big Max.”

    Agreed. If he carries the 2nd half of 2010 and takes that next step this year, that’s a very tough 1-2. Like everyone else, some legit questions exist in the 3-5 spots in the rotation. One thing with the Tigers is that they have a chance of being a very bad defensive club.

  31. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    How significant was A-Gone’s shoulder surgery?
    _______________________
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-believed/

  32. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    i dont see the trenton tigers on the thunder’s schedule. could be a big rivalry there!

  33. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Mell February 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    One thing with the Tigers is that they have a chance of being a very bad defensive club.
    ___________________________
    And consider that their 2B may be Carlos Guillen…on bad knees.

  34. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I do like Brennan Boesch a lot though…lot of upside potential IMO.

  35. Doreen February 28th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    It’s the Trenton Thunder, but you’re right. I’m getting to as many games as I can this season. :)

  36. BoJo February 28th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    C U all L8R

  37. Mell February 28th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    “I do like Brennan Boesch a lot though…lot of upside potential IMO”

    Is he going to make the big club?

  38. champ809 February 28th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    excuse the typo. AA Trenton Thunders

    The Tampa and Charleston teams will be loaded as well this season. Names like Gary Sanchez, Bryan Mitchell, J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott, Eduardo Sosa, Anderson Felix, Eladio Moranta Reymond Nunez, Kelvin De Leon and Ravel Santana as well as some bigtime bullpen arms in Conor Mullee, Thom Khanle, Preston Claibourne and Chase Whitley.

  39. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    i have sunday, april 14thcircled on my calandar for a thunder game. if they stay on schedule it will be the #1 pitcher and the yankees are playing a night game. it’ll be another week or two before i know if i can make it but i intend to be there as of now.

  40. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    If you have MLB.TV.Com, the game today will be on radio feed, though, looks like it will be the Detroit radio feed.

  41. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    im very curious about hector noesi and dj mitchell. i have never seen either pitch and they seem to have the inside track on being the first call-ups in case of a spot start or to give the bp a blow for a few days. by late season they may be passed by but they may be very inportant early.

  42. Georgia_in_MS February 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I’m surprised I’m just now reading about AJ clocking a player. Seriously? I think the Yanks need to send him to the minors. He’d be the best paid minor leaguer, but really, he’s dead weight to the team. Not just as a pitcher but also morale. Every time I hear he is going to pitch, I say, “Oh no.” Wonder what the team says??

  43. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    tiger’s radio man jim price is funny, he’s a homer like sterling in that he gets quiet and short when they are losing and cant shut up when they are winning.

  44. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    didnt aj lead the league in hit batters the past 2 seasons? so it is not any indicator of whether it was good aj or bad.

  45. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    not too likely they will send aj down to pitch in scranton for $16.5M b/c he hit golson in live bp.

    in february.

  46. randy l. February 28th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    “Greg Golson said he feels fine after being hit in the head by A.J. Burnett yesterday. It was during live batting practice, and it was the first pitch Golson saw.”

    as far as i know because i hadnever been with a mlb team during a season, just during spring training, live BP just happens in spring training and it’s different.

    pitchers are throwing close to full speed at a time when they have no clue. hitters are seeing full speed pitches for the first time. i would keep a guy like aj away from teammates in live BP. let him practice on the opponent.

    a pitching screen was always used when i was the cacther in BP and i’m assuming the yankees use one too, though maybe not. the pitching screen is weird pitching around at full speed if a pitcher is not used to it and they’re not used to doing it.

    aj with his spin move would be spinning behind the screen if he’s using one. yeah, i’d keep him out of throwing live bp .

  47. blake February 28th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Gb,

    Is the game not online either? Just radio?

  48. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    @JackCurryYES
    Jack Curry
    Phil Coke’s playful goal? Pitch well every 5th day, annoy Leyland in the dugout the other 4 days.

  49. Ed H. February 28th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    # blake February 28th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Don’t think its been talked about but Gardner had a perfect day yesterday with 2 walks and a great swing for a double down the 3rd base line….good sign regarding the wrist.

    ___________________________________

    Gardner’s gotten on base all four times he’s been to the plate this spring ( three walks and a double) and has scored two runs and made a terrific catch in LF Saturday. He’s off to a great start. Often the good stuff he does goes unnoticed because he’s not a big RBI guy.

  50. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    blake February 28th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    Gb,

    Is the game not online either? Just radio?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Just the Gameday and radio feed as far as I can tell, blake

  51. blake February 28th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks GB.

  52. Georgia_in_MS February 28th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I’m not talking about sending him down because of hitting one guy in February. I’m talking about his performance last year. He sucked. He punches walls. He’s stupid. Maybe if he gets “demoted,” he’ll get a clue and start proving he’s worth whatever the Yankees thought he was worth when they bought him.

  53. Georgia_in_MS February 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Wonder if he had hit A-Rod, Jeter, Tex, Robinson – what that qualify as more than an “uh-oh”?

  54. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe the Phillies should have sent Joe Blanton to the minors after hitting Teixeira in ST. He’s stupid and needs to get a clue. Even better, Burnett throws a fastball through your monitor and hits you between the eyes.

  55. Ys Guy February 28th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    new thread

  56. randy l. February 28th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    old live BP yankee story from one of the participants:

    jack clark was the yankees big free agent signing and came up in his first live BP at bat with neil allen on the mound. allen was new to the yankees and maybe even only a spring training invitee.

    allen was traded to the cardinals for keith hernandez and cardinal fans never forgave him for that and allen eventually asked to be traded. he was traded after a partial year( maybe half a year) and the cardinals went to the world series and jack clark the cardinal captain said no world series share for allen which is not the usual thing done.

    allen called clark and told him the next time he saw him he’d drill him. well , a few years went by and allen found himself in live BP in spring training with the yankees throwing to jack clark . he figured he’d be cut on the spot , but said what the hell, and drilled clark with his best fastball like he had told clark he would.

    allen then walked straight towards the locker room because he thought he’d be in big trouble. billy martin leaning on the cage said ” where are you going, why did you do that?” . allen explained being dissed on the world series check and what he had promised clark.

    all this time clark was crawling around and moaning on the ground. anyway billy said,” ok good , he deserved it. get back out there.”

    billy liked neil from that point on and got a lot out of him during the rhighetti/guidry period.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan February 28th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Has Jeter hit the ball in the air yet? Serious question.

  58. tomingeorgia February 28th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Great story, randy l. Sound judgment by B illy Martin.


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