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Friday afternoon notes: Anna staying focused in wake of Ryan setback

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 21, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Dean Anna

Not only did the Padres never put Dean Anna on their 40-man roster, they never even invited him to big league camp. Anna’s first stint in major-league spring training came with a locker four feet away from Derek Jeter. And wouldn’t you know it, Anna actually has a chance to make the Yankees Opening Day roster.

“Oh man, after I was in San Diego, I don’t think about any of that stuff,” Anna said. “It’s out of my control, I can guarantee that. I just go about my business day by day. Obviously I should probably get a little more playing time because of (Brendan Ryan’s) situation, but I just kind of take it day by day.”

With nursing his second back injury of the spring, there’s a solid chance the Yankees are now in the market for yet another infielder. They had one opening when camp opened, but as a left-handed hitter, Anna wasn’t a great fit for that spot (Eduardo Nunez and Scott Sizemore seemed to be favorites for the role). Ryan’s injury, though, opens the door for someone else to play at least a short-term role.

There’s still a chance Ryan will be ready, but if he’s not, the fact Anna is on the 40-man roster — and the fact he’s played well at second, third and short — gives him a realistic chance. He’s hit just .233 without an extra-base hit, but he’s shown such an eye at the plate that his on-base percentage is .361.

“I’ve been just preparing to get ready for the season anyway,” Anna said. “Him getting hurt a little bit, obviously I’ll maybe get a little more playing time, but I always plan to play every single day. If I’m out (of the lineup), oh well, but I still take my BP and my practices getting ready for the season. It hasn’t really changed my approach of trying to make the team or doing whatever. I’m just trying to stay focused on what I can control or what I can do.”

Mark Teixeira· Joe Girardi has not yet met with the media, but it’s interesting that Mark Teixeira is hitting cleanup today. When Teixeira was getting at-bats as the No. 3 hitter earlier this spring, Girardi acknowledged that Teixeira would ultimately hit lower in the order, but he never made it clear whether that meant fourth, fifth or sixth. Today’s middle of the order could be an indication of the way Girardi’s thinking about lining up his key run producers.

· Yesterday Girardi said he was hoping to have Jacoby Ellsbury take batting practice today, but right now Ellsbury is not listed in any of the batting practice groups. At the very least that suggests he won’t be hitting on the field. Not necessarily a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

· Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno each pitched six innings in minor league games yesterday. Keeping them stretched out for the time being. At some point one or both might move into a bullpen role to prepare to pitch in relief this season.

· Looks like the Yankees are beginning to line up their bullpen for the regular season. Dave Robertson is the last pitcher listed for today’s game, with Shawn Kelley next to last. Suggests Robertson is going to pitch the ninth and Kelley the eighth for the first time this spring.

· Russ Canzler is playing for the first time since that hip issue following a mild collision with a railing last Thursday. Seems likely to open the season as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s regular first baseman.

· Ivan Nova (to Austin Romine), Michael Pineda (to Francisco Cervelli) and Jim Miller (to Jose Gil) are scheduled to throw bullpens today.

Russ Canzler· Today’s second string: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia

· Today’s scheduled relievers: David Herndon, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley and Dave Robertson (with Danny Burawa, Shane Greene and Fred Lewis available if necessary)

· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy
Group 2: Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 3: Kelly Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine
Group 4: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Group 5: Zoilo Almonte, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Jose Gil
Group 6: Adonis Garcia, Antoan Richardson, Casey Stevensen, Pete O’Brien

· Tomorrow’s travel squad to Fort Myers:
Pitchers: Danny Burawa, Shane Greene, Fred Lewis, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoshinori Tateyama
Catchers: Francisco Cervelli, Jose Gil
Infielders: Dean Anna, Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Adonis Garcia, Brett Gardner, Antoan Richardson
Pitchers from minor league camp: Aaron Dott, Mark Montgomery, Jeremy Bleich, Pat Venditte
Position players from minor league camp: Wes Wilson (C), Raybell Herrera (C), Francisco Arcia (C/1B), Ali Castillo (INF), Carmen Angelini (INF), Mason Williams (OF), Ramon Flores (OF)

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84 Responses to “Friday afternoon notes: Anna staying focused in wake of Ryan setback”

  1. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    ?@MLBONFOX Aroldis Chapman shared a graphic post-surgery photo today.

    http://foxs.pt/1lXGhL1 (via @BuzzeronFOX) pic.twitter.com/JQaU9pxV6P

    Uhhh…. holy sh*t.

  2. Chip March 21st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I think today’s second string for the Yankees is a pretty good indication of what the starting lineup in Scranton might look like too. The only change being that if Anna is promoted to New York, Jose Pirela or Addison Maruszack would be the starting 2b.

  3. blake March 21st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’m glad Chapman is ok….could have been much much worse

  4. blake March 21st, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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  5. Ys Guy March 21st, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    when i saw today’s lineup that’s exactly what I thought. I had been assuming that they’d go with a RH bat (sori or mccann) behind beltran, but the more I thought about it the more I thought maybe Joe would go with Tex at cleanup. They really don’t have anyone who profiles naturally in the 4 spot, but even with my doubts about Teixiera, this might be the better choice.

    I just hope Joe won’t be married to any one order. How Jeter and Tex hit should greatly affect the order and they shouldn’t wait til late May to consider changes.

  6. blake March 21st, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    River Ave. Blues ?@RiverAveBlues 10m
    BP: Dante Bichette Jr. “might be turning the corner this spring” http://rab.me/1jcE9Sk

  7. Chip March 21st, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    blake March 21st, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    River Ave. Blues ?@RiverAveBlues 10m
    BP: Dante Bichette Jr. “might be turning the corner this spring” http://rab.me/1jcE9Sk
    ———————-

    Thanks. If they’re correct than he and Jagello should have a nice fight.

  8. chicken_stanley March 21st, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’m still on the Anna bandwagon… I know he doesn’t fit the profile the Yankees are looking for (right handed platoon) but I really like what I’ve seen from him as a player this spring (admittedly a SSS)

  9. blake March 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    there are only like 2,000 perfect brackets let.

  10. Giuseppe Franco March 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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    Most of you are dopes.


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  11. Giuseppe Franco March 21st, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    made me laugh out loud.

    Perhaps now I’m the dope.

  12. Ys Guy March 21st, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    according to the Mets blog the D-Backs and Mets have been in steady talks about trading Owings or Gregorius for a pitcher plus:

    “It reads like Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia are going to be Sandy Alderson’s best shot at trading for a young shortstop, whether Gregorius, Owings or M’s SS Nick Franklin. The D-Backs really like Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, as well. I’ve heard from people who know that team who say they’d be open to something like Montero and d’Arnaud, or Syndergaard and Plawecki, but that is way too much for one of their infielders, so I wonder if other players can be had from Arizona, as well.”

    The Mets have alot of chips.

  13. pkyankfan69 March 21st, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Wow… That Chapman pic puts my facial fracture post surgery pic to shame

    http://s1001.photobucket.com/u.....&o=23

  14. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    pkyankfan69 March 21st, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    Wow… That Chapman pic puts my facial fracture post surgery pic to shame

    http://s1001.photobucket.com/u…..&o=23

    —————–

    Ouch!!!

  15. chicken_stanley March 21st, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    pk – you definitely titled the pic appropriately!

  16. Against All Odds March 21st, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Giuseppe Franco March 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    ——————–

    Yep noticed it when it popped up and mentioned it a new thread a few days ago.

  17. blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    David Waldstein ?@DavidWaldstein 2m
    Jacoby Ellabury taking BP Now. Girardi said plan is for him to play either Sunday or Tuesday.

    yay. Be careful Jacoby

  18. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Any bracket that wins that billion now will have been generated by a randomizing computer.

  19. Howe Farr March 21st, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Any bracket that wins that billion now will have been generated by a randomizing computer.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    There are more than 9.2 quintillion combinations. Just uploading that amount of brackets would take several lifetimes.

  20. blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Rotoworld Baseball ?@Rotoworld_BB 4m
    Drew willing to take 1-year deal from Tigers – Stephen Drew | BOS

    blah….this is inevitable though. Makes sense for both sides. Sucks the Yanks waited so long and allowed Drew to bail out one of their rivals

  21. blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I think I read the odds of picking a perfect bracket were 1 and 7.4 billion. So you’re much more likely to win the actual lottery than pick a perfect bracket.

  22. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Howe,
    Well, no human who watches college hoops and cares about it can possibly win.

  23. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Go, Mercer!

  24. Howe Farr March 21st, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Any bracket that wins that billion now will have been generated by a randomizing computer.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    There are more than 9.2 quintillion combinations. Just uploading that amount of brackets would take several lifetimes.
    ————————————————————————————————————

    Say it takes 5 second to upload each bracket, it would take 14.2 million centurys to submit all those brackets.

  25. Howe Farr March 21st, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:40 pm
    I think I read the odds of picking a perfect bracket were 1 and 7.4 billion. So you’re much more likely to win the actual lottery than pick a perfect bracket.
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    1 in 9,200,000,000,000,000,000

  26. Howe Farr March 21st, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Chances of becoming an actual billionaire: (in the united states) 1 in 785,166

  27. blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    whatever the odds…..they are extremely remote and it would probably require divine intervention to get every game right.

  28. Jarak March 21st, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Out of the 2000 remaining, I venture half were picked by 3 year olds pointing randomly and dad or mom writing it down. I think that’s the best method anyway. Any real thought would have someone out by now.

  29. bigdan22 March 21st, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Frankly, I think we should be hearing about a first round draft pick failed repeater in low A “turning the corner” AFTER the corner has been turned.

  30. tomingeorgia March 21st, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    The Tar Heels take on the Friars tonight. Another upset in the making? I’ve watched a bunch of Providence games this winter, including a very close one with Villanova. They’re good. Could happen? Who knows, the Shadow do!

  31. blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    yea all you have to do anymore is come up with some social media website that everyone likes

  32. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    bigdan22 March 21st, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    Frankly, I think we should be hearing about a first round draft pick failed repeater in low A “turning the corner” AFTER the corner has been turned.

    ——————

    Does the same logic apply to our BUC….? :lol:

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    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03.....s-bracket/

    only 3 people can still win the billion dollars

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    blake March 21st, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03…..s-bracket/

    only 3 people can still win the billion dollars

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    I was really hoping you’d win it and buy me a baseball player.

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