Late last week, Nathan Eovaldi was running with the team when he felt minor tightness in his left groin. He was scheduled to throw live batting practice the next day, so he went to the trainers to have the groin wrapped as a precaution. The team took it a step further, cancelling the live BP session.
“If it was during the season, I wouldn’t have missed any time,” Eovaldi said. “It’s something so minor, they’re just being really cautious with it because it’s spring training and we have time to use, time to our advantage.”
Eovaldi has continued playing catch and going through fielding drills. He will throw another bullpen on Wednesday (would have thrown one tomorrow, but the team is off for a bonding activity).
“I haven’t missed a day of catch or anything like that,” Eovaldi said. “It’s my landing leg. When I did feel it, it wasn’t when I stride toward the mound. It’s going back the other way. I really don’t feel it at all (at this point). It feels fine, and they’re just being really cautious with it.”
As you can probably tell, Eovaldi seems thoroughly unconcerned. The Yankees are notoriously cautious with injuries, especially in spring training. There has been no indication from the Yankees that they think this remotely puts Opening Day in jeopardy.
“Arm feels good. Elbow feels good. Shoulder. Everything feels great,” Eovaldi said. “They’re just being really cautious.”
• This morning, a group of four big leaguers threw live batting practice. Among them was Aroldis Chapman, and among those who faced him was young shortstop Tyler Wade. “It was like a blur,” Wade said. “But he has got really good breaking stuff (as well). It makes you feel really uncomfortable, and I can understand why he’s one of the best pitchers in the league. … I can’t even imagine (what it’s like when he’s at full velocity), especially being a left-handed hitter. One of the best in the game.”
• After the batting practice session, Wade actually went up to Chapman, slapped him on the shoulder and said something very brief. “(I said) thank you,” Wade said. “And I was just like, hey man, your stuff looks really good and just keep doing what you’re doing.”
• Interesting change to today’s infield workout groups: The Yankees have basically put all of their big league infielders together. And that big league group includes Rob Refsnyder. It’s the four projected starters, plus Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley.
• First-round draft pick James Kaprielian said he will make his spring training debut on Friday. Branden Pinder will pitch out of the bullpen on Thursday. Nick Rumbelow and Nick Goody are each scheduled to pitch in Wednesday’s spring opener.
• Today is a scheduled light day for Brett Gardner. He’s scheduled to increase his workload tomorrow by taking full batting practice in the indoor cage (swinging at actual batting practice pitches, not just tee and toss). He’s still not hitting on the field and still not taking live batting practice, but it will be another step forward.
• Although it seems Gardner will take some swings, there is no Yankees workout tomorrow. The team will instead participate in a team bonding event. No word yet what exactly they’ll be doing. The Yankees have done this most years since Joe Girardi became manager.
Mark Montgomery (to Francisco Diaz)
Kyle Haynes (to Sebastian Valle)
Michael Pineda (to Santiago Nessy)
Morning live batting practice
Facing Cesar Puello, Ben Gamel, Jorge Mateo and Tyler Wade
Andrew Miller (to Austin Romine)
Dellin Betances (to Gary Sanchez)
Aroldis Chapman (to Carlos Corporan)
CC Sabathia (to Eddy Rodriguez)
Afternoon live batting practice
Facing hitting Groups 1-4 on Field 1; Groups 5-8 on Field 2
Bryan Mitchell (to Brian McCann)
Richard Bleier (to Austin Romine)
Anthony Swarzak (to Carlos Corporan)
James Kaprielian (to Gary Sanchez)
Diego Moreno (to Carlos Corporan)
Chasen Shreve (to Sebastian Valle)
Vinnie Pestano (to Sebastian Valle)
Kirby Yates (to Kyle Higashioka)
James Pazos (to Francisco Diaz)
Luis Cessa (Santiago Nessy)
Group 1: Dustin Ackley, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder, Mark Teixeira
Group 2: Jonathan Diaz, Jorge Mateo, Chris Parmelee, Deibinson Romero, Donovan Solano, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade
Group 1: Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius, Jorge Mateo, Rob Refsnyder
Group 2: Dustin Ackley, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez
Group 3: Jonathan Diaz, Chris Parmelee, Deibinson Romero, Donovan Solano
Group 4: Carlos Corporan, Brian McCann, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
Group 5: Carlos Beltran, Dustin Fowler, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge
Group 6: Jacoby Ellsbury, Slade Heathcott, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade
Group 7: Lane Adams, Ben Gamel, Cesar Puello, Mason Williams
Group 8: Francisco Diaz, Kyle Higashioka, Santiago Nessy, Sebastian Valle, Eddy Rodriguez
Associated Press photos