A few notes from yet another quiet day.
• The Yankees will announce a full list of non-roster invitees at some point, but for now we know one interesting name: Tyler Austin told milb.com that he’s going to be in big league camp. “Especially to be with the Yankees and get this opportunity and go out and play with those guys,” Austin said. “It’s going to be an unbelievable experience that I’ll never forget.” Follow the link to read a full Q & A with Austin.
• Speaking of minor league right fielders, you can check out MLB.com for a short video of Zoilo Almonte talking about his experience in the Rookie Career Development Program. Nothing really groundbreaking in the interview, but it might be a bit of an introduction to the kid who has a spot on the 40-man and could get to New York this season.
• A note on a former Yankees right fielder: Shelley Duncan has signed a minor league deal with the Rays. Might have made some sense for the Yankees as another right-handed bat to compete for a bench spot.
• Two other right-handed outfielders came off the market today. Delmon Young signed with the Phillies, and Mark DeRosa signed with the Blue Jays. Both are going to make less than a million bucks this year — as long as incentives don’t kick in — but we’ve know for quite a while that the Yankees weren’t interested in Young, and DeRosa’s recent production doesn’t inspire much confidence.
• Finally, Don Larsen is recovering after a broken hip that required surgery. The 83-year-old slipped on ice last month.