A lot of extra minor leaguers in camp today, helping the Yankees fill their split-squad rosters. All of the additions are position players. There are still enough pitchers in camp to pitch 18 innings and then some.
Right now, CC Sabathia is on the main mound here at Steinbrenner Field, throwing a side session with Larry Rothschild and Mike Harkey watching from the first-base side of the mound. Otherwise, things are pretty quiet leading into the first game of today’s split double header.
• Rafael Soriano and Ivan Nova threw sim games this morning. They faced Bradley Suttle and Jordan Parraz.
• Looks like Andrew Brackman might get into tomorrow’s game. He’s on the travel squad for Tuesday’s game in Orlando.
• Brandon Laird is getting his first outfield playing time of the spring.
• Jesus Montero said his hand feels fine — “Happens all the time,” he said — and he’ll stay in Tampa to catch off the bench in today’s home game.
• I mentioned there are a lot of extra minor leaguers in camp today. The comedy of today was watching some of the reactions when people realized there’s a Krum and Kruml in the Yankees system. Most assumed the L in Kruml was a typo and that Krum was pulling double duty today.
• The Phillies are bringing a solid set of regulars including Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard. Roy Oswalt has the start for Philadelphia.
This afternoon’s home game
• Available out of the bullpen: Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano, Hector Noesi, Mark Prior, Luis Ayala, Dave Robertson, Romulo Sanchez and Warner Madrigal (Robertson is backing up today and probably won’t pitch)
• Off the Yankees bench: C Jesus Montero, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Jose Pirella, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Brandon Laird, CF Ray Kruml, RF Jordan Parraz, DH Gustavo Molina
• Catcher Mitch Abeita and outfielder Neil Medchill will also be with the Yankees in Tampa as backup players off the bench.
Tonight’s road game
• Available out of the bullpen: Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell, Andy Sisco, Ryan Pope, Dellin Betances, Robert Fish, Eric Wordekemper and Daniel Turpen
• Off the Yankees bench: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Addison Maruszak, LF Jack Rye, CF Austin Krum, RF Taylor Grote, DH Damon Sublett
• Catcher J.R. Murphy and utility man Justin Snyder will also make the trip to Sarasota to be available off the bench. Murphy can play multiple positions, but he’s listed as a catcher.
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ryan Howard DH
Ben Francisco RF
Ross Gload 1B
John Mayberry LF
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez 2B
RHP Roy Oswalt
Associated Press photo of Derek Jeter warming up before yesterday’s game