It’s a long drive to Jupiter, and I’m making my way there right now. This is a rare overnight spring training trip for the Yankees. The Cardinals and Marlins share a spring stadium, and the Yankees will take advantage of that to play the Cardinals today and the Marlins tomorrow.
Here are the basics of who will be coming and going these next two days.
The Yankees team bus left Tampa after yesterday’s game against the Dominican Republic. The bulk of the players for these two games were on the bus and got to Jupiter — or wherever the team is staying — last night. I believe batting practice starts around 11 a.m. Here’s last night’s traveling party (there may very well be some guys coming from minor league camp, but I don’t know):
Pitchers: Preston Claiborne, Tom Kahnle, Brett Marshall, Mark Montgomery, Ivan Nova, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Francisco Rondon, Josh Spence, Matt Tracy
Catchers: J.R. Murphy, Austin Romine, Chris Stewart
Infielders: Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Jose Pirela
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Matt Diaz, Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, Juan Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki
The Yankees open the road trip with a 1:05 game against the Cardinals. Ivan Nova starts for the Yankees. Right-hander Joe Kelly is supposed to start for the Cardinals. Based on the guys on the trip, it looks like the Yankees will go with a fairly regular outfield with a minor league infield (plus an audition at first base).
After today’s game, five Yankees will leave Jupiter and head back to Tampa. Meanwhile, eight Yankees will travel from Tampa to Jupiter following a workout at Steinbrenner Field.
Back to Tampa: Ivan Nova, Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy, Ichiro Suzuki, Chris Stewart
Traveling to Jupiter: Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, Clay Rapada, Chase Whitley, Bobby Wilson, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Youkilis, Jayson Nix.
The Yankees play a 1:05 game against the Marlins with Adam Warren getting the start and a group of infield reserves scheduled to be in the lineup. Gardner is scheduled to play in both the St. Louis game and the Miami game. Meanwhile, back in Tampa, Andy Pettitte with throw his second simulated game of the spring. It will likely be his final warmup before making his spring debut.
I’ll have more from Jupiter as soon as I get there. Keep an eye on Twitter because the Yankees — or someone — might post the lineup for today. For now, I’ll be playing the new Josh Ritter album and the new Frightened Rabbit album as loud as my rental car will allow.
Associated Press photo