Dave Robertson was still wearing his walking boot when he walked into the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon, and he was still wearing it when he walked out to go meet with the training staff. In between, he had the boot off and stood in his bare feet while talking briefly with reporters.
“It feels much better,” he said. “I don’t have any of that soreness I was having in the middle of my foot. … I’m hoping to go play catch today. I don’t know what they’ll say.”
In this “they” is the Yankees training staff, which will decide today whether Robertson has the green light to remove the boot fulltime. The expectation is that Robertson will test his foot without the boot and the training staff will make a determination, but the plan has been to take the boot off today. How quickly he moves forward from here might depend on how much soreness he feels going through normal baseball activities.
“Hopefully something else doesn’t happen,” Robertson said. “Hoping to just keep moving forward with it.”
• Eduardo Nunez will not taking batting practice today, but he’ll take BP tomorrow and said he feels good enough that he’s finally expecting to play. Nunez said his hand keeps feeling better, and he expects to come through BP well enough to get in the game tomorrow night.
• Speaking of batting practice tomorrow, George Kontos will face live hitters tomorrow — he’ll throw to Corban Joseph and J.R. Murphy — which could be the final step to him getting in a game. He’s missed significant time with that oblique injury and is hoping to still make a run at that last spot in the big league bullpen.
• Brad Meyers, Matt Daley, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Marshall and David Phelps threw sides today. Graham Stoneburner, Kevin Whelan, Adam Warren, Michael Pineda and Phil Hughes are throwing sides tomorrow. Seems to me that Pineda should be throwing a side today and CC Sabathia should be throwing one tomorrow, but I haven’t seen anyone to ask about it so far. Joe Girardi isn’t talking to the media until closer to 5 p.m.
• The Nationals’ scheduled starter for Thursday’s game against the Yankees is Chien-Ming Wang.
• Still hoping to stay in the mix should a bench spot open up, Jayson Nix is getting some reps in left field during batting practice today. He’s hit pretty well but he’s also made some errors in the field this spring. For whatever it’s worth, Nix is a much bigger, stronger guy than you’re probably imagining. Doesn’t surprise me that he has some pop for a utility man.
• Another turn at third base for J.R. Murphy, who’ll play there off the bench tonight.
• Jimmy Paredes, who was part of the Lance Berkman trade, is in the lineup tonight for the Astros. I actually checked for Mark Melancon’s name on the travel roster before remembering he was traded to Boston this winter. File that under: Things I shouldn’t admit.
• Today’s available pitchers: Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano, Dellin Betances, Juan Cedeno, Cesar Cabral, Ryan Pope, Mike O’Connor, Chase Whitley and David Phelps
• Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B J.R. Murphy, LF Colin Curtis, CF Melky Mesa, RF Chris Dickerson, DH Justin Maxwell
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: The Astros are starting a former Braves prospect in center field, a former Mets prospect in left field, a former Yankees prospect at third base, a former Athletics/Cardinals prospect at first base, a former Cubs prospect at shortstop and former Red Sox prospect on the mound.
Jordan Schafer CF
Angel Sanchez 2B
Brian Bogusevic RF
Jack Cust DH
Fernandez Martinez LF
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Jason Castro C
Brett Wallace 1B
Marwin Gonzalez SS
RHP Kyle Weiland