Just a few notes and links at the end of this busy off day.
• Interesting lineup for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. With Ronnier Mustelier activated, the Railriders moved David Adams to second base – for the first time this season – and played Mustelier at third. It’s interesting largely because it suggests the Yankees are keeping both players defensively flexible for potential big league roles.
• Brian Cashman said today that he hadn’t heard yet whether Curtis Granderson took another set of at-bats in extended spring training. Well, Granderson took care of that update for us, tweeting that he did in fact get some at-bats for a second straight day.
• New Yankees infielder Chris Nelson moved away from shortstop while he was still in the minor leagues, and ESPN’s Mark Simon writes that Nelson hasn’t been a very good defender at second base or third base either.
• Speaking of Nelson, he’s already changed his Twitter icon to a Yankees logo.
• Josh Norris talked to Jose Campos, who says that last year’s elbow injury was a small fracture and had nothing to do with the ligament (good news for those worried about Tommy John surgery). Mark Newman has said all along that the injury was not ligament related.
• Cashman basically announced today that Michael Pineda has reached 95 mph with his fastball, and Mike Axisa points out that today is exactly one year and one day since Pineda’s shoulder surgery. That velocity is far higher than I think anyone could have expected or hoped to see.
• Bronx Baseball Daily did a Q & A with center field prospect Slade Heathcott, who’s off to a slow start in Double-A.
• Outfielder Matt Diaz — cut by the Yankees in spring training — has been called up to the big leagues by the Marlins. He’s taking the roster spot of former Yankees utility man Nick Green, who’s actually hit pretty well in limited action.
• Not that he was on the Yankees radar, but Roy Oswalt is a pretty big name and he’s off the market after signing a minor league deal with the Rockies.
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