Starlin Castro had a pair of hits, including an RBI single, and Michael Pineda turned in a sharp effort as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 3-2, in Grapefruit League action on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The Yankees were able to exhale Saturday as X-rays and a CT scan on Jacoby Ellsbury’s right wrist came back negative, showing no fracture and giving the outfielder two weeks to be ready for Opening Day.
The Yankees have reacquired left-hander Evan Rutckyj, a Rule 5 Draft pick returned from the Braves, and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees have maintained that their plan is to take the best five starters for their rotation, regardless of salary or stature. CC Sabathia believes that he will earn a spot, but the left-hander now has only two Spring Training starts remaining to prove it.
Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs and Manny Machado added four RBIs as the Orioles thumped CC Sabathia, coasting to an 11-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Yankees on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
One of the first changes that Joe Girardi instituted upon taking control as the Yankees’ manager was to increase the amount of time that players’ children were allowed to visit the clubhouse, a move that was widely appreciated.
All signs point to the Yankees setting up Masahiro Tanaka to make his second consecutive Opening Day start, but manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday that he is not ready to make an official announcement.
Right-hander Luis Severino tossed four scoreless innings, Rob Refsnyder and Starlin Castro homered and the Yankees beat the Pirates, 7-2, on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
The Yankees have focused so much attention on the adjustments that Starlin Castro is making at second base, it has been easy to overlook what he could contribute at the plate.
Brett Gardner made his spring debut on Wednesday, going 0-for-2 in a five-inning stint after missing the early part of the Grapefruit slate due to a lingering bone bruise in his left wrist. He said that he and Jacoby Ellsbury should be ready to set the table and create havoc from atop New York’s lineup.
There have been some rough outings from the relievers competing for jobs in Yankees camp, which did not come as a complete surprise to manager Joe Girardi. No matter: The real evaluations of those contenders is set to begin now.