Splitting the squad • 03.13.10
Because of there are two games happening at once, the Yankees brought some extra players up from minor league camp this morning. Only one of them — outfielder Edwar Gonzalez — is scheduled to play, but the rest will be on the bench just in case. There’s an extra catcher, outfielder and infielder for both the home game and the road game.
Home vs. Baltimore
Scheduled to play off the bench: C Jesus Montero, 1B P.J. Pilittere, 2B Reegie Corona, LF Colin Curtis, RF Jon Weber, DH Kyle Higashioka
Extra players: C Mitch Abeita, INF Justin Snyder, OF Austin Krum
Available out of the bullpen: Royce Ring, Kei Igawa, Alfredo Aceves, Dave Robertson, Wilkins Arias, Jeremy Bleich
Road vs. Detroit
Scheduled to play off the bench: C Austin Romine, 1B Mike Rivera, SS Kevin Russo, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Edwar Gonzalez, RF Reid Gorecki, DH Jose Gil
Extra players: C Ryan Baker, INF Luis Nunez, OF Dan Brewer
Available out of the bullpen: Sergio Mitre, Boone Logan, Grant Duff, Amaury Sanit, Zach Segovia
• Kevin Russo is getting some time at shortstop today. If he can prove himself at that position — he played it in college, in the Arizona Fall League and a few times last year — he could make a strong push for the big league utility job.
• A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Mark Melancon are each scheduled for side sessions today.
• Back-to-back road trips for Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher, all of whom will go to Lakeland today and Bradenton tomorrow.
UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: Just got the Orioles game notes. Still no lineup for them, but their scheduled pitchers are: Jeremy Guthrie, Alfredo Simon, Jason Berken, Cla Meredith, Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo.
UPDATE, 10:34 a.m.: The Orioles lineup.
Adam Jones CF
Cesar Izturis SS
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Matt Weiters C
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Lou Montanez LF
Michael Aubrey DH
The Orioles are actually sort of a split-squad as well. They’re playing a B game in Sarasota. My question is, who in the world is playing in that game? Is Nolan Reimold handling every position?
Yankees re-sign some minor league depth • 02.13.10
Via Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Yankees have re-signed RHP Paul Bush, 3B Marcos Vechionacci and OF Edwar Gonzalez to minor league deals. It does not seem any of the three will be brought to big league camp.
Vechionacci is the biggest name of the bunch and was once among the most highly regarded prospects in the Yankees system. His career, though, has been undone by injuries and a general lack of performance. Still just 23, Vechionacci is a good defensive third baseman, but he hit just .212 in Double-A Trenton last year (with career highs of 10 home runs and 113 strikeouts). He’s probably no more than upper-level minor league depth at this point. My guess is he’ll return to Trenton to play off the bench, but that’s just a guess. He could get regular time at third base if the Yankees decide to move Brandon Laird permanently to first.
Bush, 30, was plucked out of independent ball last season when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pitching staff was thin, but Bush wound up pitching pretty well in Triple-A and Double-A and gives the Yankees some flexibility as a reliever or spot starter.
Gonzalez, 27, seemed to have a breakout year in 2008 when hit .295 with 14 home runs after an early season call-up to Double-A. Sent back to Trenton last year, though, Gonzalez hit just .232 with four home runs. He had some nagging injuries that might have played a part in those numbers. Regardless, he’ll probably go back to Trenton where the outfield crop is thin.
Other familiar names among the latest minor league deals:
1B Josh Phelps and OF Bronson Sardinha have signed with the Rockies, OF Jason Lane has signed with the Marlins, INF Angel Chavez signed with the Rays and LHP Chase Wright re-signed with the Brewers (though we already knew about that one).