3/4 – Yankees at Phillies
It’s cool – the scoreboard says 49 degrees – and windy in Clearwater, but clear and sunny as the Yankees prepare to play the second game of their Grapefruit League schedule. Joe Girardi was laughing this morning about how some media outlets are treating this like a regular season game, but it’s still a neat draw to have CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay going head-to-head this early in the spring.
Don’t expect the show to go too long, though … in Sabathia’s case, expect two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first.
This is Philadelphia’s Grapefruit League opener – they beat Florida State University here yesterday, 13-6 – and the stands are packed, with guys playing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ on trumpets to give this sort of a 1940s feel. That is, until the PA announcer starts making announcements about texting to some phone numbers to get today’s special deals. But I digress.
Here’s how it looked during Yanks BP today:
Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla.
Johnson DH Hoffmann DH
Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP
Mayberry Jr. LF
Pitching: Roy Halladay RHP
1:05 p.m. Nick Johnson was scratched with a stiff lower back. Jamie Hoffmann replaces him at DH. We’ll catch up with Nick when the clubhouse opens after CC’s start.
Update on Nick Johnson…
Johnson said that he felt his back stiffen after catching a spike in the tarpaulin around the batting cage at Bright House Field. He said that had it been the regular season, he would have played “for sure.”
“I felt a little something back there, and I could have played,” Johnson said.
He said that he is not concerned by the back stiffness, which he thought could have been avoided by wearing turf shoes instead of spikes during batting practice.
“It won’t be too long,” Johnson said. “I’m not really worried about that.”