Spring Game 16: Yankees vs. Cardinals

The Yankees already know Ronnier Mustelier has a live bat, and now they’re going to give him a chance to show what he can do in the field as he gets the start this afternoon at third base against the Cardinals here in Tampa.

I’ve talked to a few people this spring about Mustelier’s defense, and for the most part, the reaction has been tepid. One person said that he might not kill a team in the field, but he’s really more of a hitter without a position. Of course, desperate times call for desperate measures, so the Yankees will bump Kevin Youkilis to first base for the day and take a look at Mustelier at the hot corner.

A third baseman in Cuba who transitioned to play the outfield when he signed with the Yankees, Mustelier said he wants to change the perception of his defense, and now he has a chance.

“All these people are saying that I have no position on the team, it’s not true,” Mustelier said earlier this spring. “I can play the field, I can do a job, I can play the outfield, I can play the infield. If anyone is saying that I have no position on this team, it’s not true.”

1:05 p.m. – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, Fla.
TV: YES/ESPN Radio: None
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 8.31)

Jon Jay CF
Matt Carpenter 2B
David Freese 3B
Matt Adams DH
Shane Robinson LF
Jamie Romak 1B
Pete Kozma SS
Justin Christian RF
J.R. Towles C

Lance Lynn RHP

Lynn is scheduled to be followed by former Yankee Randy Choate, Seth Maness, Maikel Cleto, Michael Blazek, Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
Corban Joseph 2B
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Slade Heathcott CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Kuroda is scheduled to be followed by Shawn Kelley, Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Joba Chamberlain, Jim Miller, Francisco Rondon, Vidal Nuno and David Robertson.

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