No decisions were made today. Freddy Garcia pitched pretty well, but the Yankees made it clear that he didn’t need to show them anything today. They know what he has, and six solid innings against upper level minor leaguers wasn’t going to sway their decisions.
In fact, Brian Cashman said he spent most of his time at the complex watching the Yankees minor leaguers. He wasn’t there strictly to see Garcia.
“I don’t have a scheduled meeting,” Cashman said. “But clearly we’re going to have to make decisions on this sooner than later. We have to set the roles so we can properly prepare these guys come Thursday of next week.”
A few other minor notes from the general manager.
• One week before Opening Day, Cashman said teams have begun actively checking with one another to find out what spare parts might fit other situations. Specifically, Cashman said he’s gotten some calls about his extra pitchers.
“It’s been very quiet for the most part,” Cashman said. “But now obviously, tis the season where teams are trying to fill out their rosters, make their decisions, make sure that whatever they have, that there aren’t any better opportunities available outside their camps. There are conversations now. Everybody’s just picking the phone up and checking in with each other, myself included.”
• There might be something to read into the fact that Gustavo Molina caught today instead of Jesus Montero. Cashman said it was Joe Girardi’s decision to send Molina, and he indicated that the veteran is still very much in contention for the backup catcher role. “He was brought in not to be an organizational catcher,” Cashman said. “He was brought in to be an insurance policy, much like a (Ronnie) Belliard, much like some of those other guys. He’s also competing for the spot too.”
• Cashman wouldn’t say what exactly he’s looking for in the rotation competition. “I think it depends on who you ask,” he said. “It’s not beneficial for me to answer what’s important to me. I’m the general manager, and I don’t necessarily want to participate in staking out my preferences publicly.”
• Cashman said he had not spoken to the Yankees training staff today, but as far as he knew, there was no drastic change with Curtis Granderson.
• Similar story for Nick Swisher. The fact Cashman had not heard anything about Swisher today made him believe Swisher’s foot is fine. “No one has told me otherwise,” Cashman said.
• Alan Horne was one of the first players I saw at the complex today. I get asked about him a lot, so here’s the latest: He’s throwing off a full mound and hopes to be ready to pitch early this season (though he probably won’t break camp). Turns out, during his most recent shoulder surgery, doctors finally found a large hook-shaped bone spur that had been literally ripping through parts of his shoulder. It was kind of buried, so no one found it until now, but it might have been the cause of many of his problems. He said he feels great. I haven’t heard him this optimistic in at least two years.
• Probably doesn’t mean much, but the Yankees new Cuban shortstop, Yadil Mujica, crushed a late-inning home run to right. It’s one swing on a fairly windy day, but it did standout a little bit.
• I don’t have a pitching line or anything, but Hector Noesi started the Double-A game so that Garcia could start today’s Triple-A game.