Robinson Cano didn’t add many details to yesterday’s revelation that the Yankees have extended a contract offer to the second baseman.
“I don’t want to talk about this,” Cano said. “After today, I don’t want to be a distraction to the team. … I’m just going to focus on baseball and I’m not going to let anything get in my head.”
Cano wouldn’t say whether the Yankees offer was rejected or kept on the table. He also deferred to agent Scott Boras when asked whether he would be open to continuing negotiations during the season.
“I’m going to let Scott decide that,” Cano said.
• Michael Pineda threw a 30-pitch bullpen this morning. He threw both fastballs and changeups and gave a big thumbs up afterway in the clubhouse. It was the second time that Pineda threw a 30-pitch bullpen with changeups this spring. Yesterday, Brian Cashman said that the Yankees have been impressed by Pineda’s early work.
• Lefty Cesar Cabral remains on the same rehab schedule as Pineda. He also threw a 30-pitch bullpen with fastballs and changeups. He hasn’t thrown sliders yet, but Cabral said he has no concerns about breaking balls being more difficult on his elbow. “I feel ready to pitch,” he said. Cabral said he expects to be in a game by mid April. Pineda will be a few weeks behind Cabral at that point because Pineda has to be stretched out.
• Still recovering from that sore lower back, David Adams began taking dry swings earlier this week. He said he still has to check with the training staff, but there’s a chance he’ll be allowed to throw and take some light ground balls today. Adams has said for a while that the back is no longer bothering him, but I have to think the Yankees learned a lesson from Austin Romine last spring. That could explain their slow approach to the relatively minor back injuries to Adams and Phil Hughes.
• Kevin Youkilis is back in the Yankees lineup. No word yet on how many at-bats he’ll get. Joe Girardi hinted yesterday that Youkilis might get only one at-bat today and become more of a full player tomorrow.
• Brett Gardner and Slade Heathcott each played yesterday, Melky Mesa is getting a turn in left field today, so Adonis Garcia is scheduled to play today’s entire game in center field.
• Boone Logan will face hitters today. It’s his first sim game of the spring. He’ll pitch to Luke Murton and Ramon Flores.
• Hiroki Kuroda makes his spring debut this afternoon. He’s facing Roy Halladay.
• Today’s sides: Nik Turley and Bryan Mitchell.
• Today’s second string: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Walter Ibarra, SS Gil Velazquez, 3B Addison Maruszak, LF Ronnier Mustelier, CF none, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH Bobby Wilson
• Today’s scheduled relievers: Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Cody Eppley, Vidal Nuno. Relief prospect Mark Montgomery is listed as a backup, not likely to get in the game but possible.
Jimmy Rollins SS
Ben Revere CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Michael Young 3B
Domonic Brown LF
Darin Ruf DH
John Mayberry RF
Steven Lerud C
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