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Before Yankees’ camp opens: Tanaka throws and Moncada works out

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Predictably quiet Thursday considering it’s the day before pitchers and catchers officially report to Yankees camp. I’m actually just now getting on my flight to Tampa, getting into town in time to check into a hotel, guy some groceries and get some sleep before our first open clubhouse of the spring (and before Joe Girardi does his annual start-of-spring-training press conference tomorrow morning).

Two things making some news down in Tampa today.

1. Yoan Moncada had another private workout with the Yankees. George King reported today that the Yankees brought Moncada to Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday night for a private and secret (at the time) workout for team officials. Clearly the Yankees are doing their full homework on the young Cuban infielder, who King says would most likely play second base and open the season in A ball.

2. Masahiro Tanaka threw his scheduled bullpen at the minor league complex. This was Tanaka’s first official bullpen of the spring, and it was predictably light. Erik Boland counted 21 pitches and provided that favorite quote for all early spring bullpens: Tanaka was throwing “free and easy.” How much to make of a light, early bullpen? Probably not much, but at least Tanaka didn’t grab his elbow on on pitch No. 21.

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Posted by on February 19, 2015.

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