Yankees ready to submit Opening Day roster
The Yankees technically have until 3 p.m. ET today to file their Opening Day roster to Major League Baseball, but there really isn’t much mystery to that deadline. Barring a last-minute, shock-the-world acquisition, we know what the 25-man roster is going to look like.
As Joe Girardi promised several times this spring, he actually did need until the exhibition against Army to iron out his final calls, but those were locked in when the Yankees coaching staff told Cody Eppley and Adam Warren that they had made the club.
Girardi had thought that he might need that long to also decide on first base and an extra outfield spot, but Lyle Overbay had the inside track on a one-man race late in camp. The Yankees pretty much made their calls when they released Juan Rivera back in Tampa, telling Rivera that Ben Francisco and Overbay were making the team. Brennan Boesch is also going to be on the club as a backup outfielder.
At some point today, the Yankees will also announce a group of disabled list assignments, but there won’t be any surprises there — Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes and Clay Rapada will all begin the season on the 15-day DL.
With those moves in the works, here is how the Yankees’ Opening Day roster should look when game No. 1 of 162 is underway tomorrow afternoon in the Bronx:
Starting pitchers (5): CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, David Phelps, Ivan Nova
Relief pitchers (7): Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, Cody Eppley, Adam Warren
Catchers (2): Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart
Infielders (5): Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Youkilis.
Outfielders (5): Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Vernon Wells, Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco.
Designated hitter (1): Travis Hafner
And speaking of Opening Day — what do you need to know if you’re planning on attending the game, or watching on TV? Here’s a quick rundown of what the Yankees have planned:
Gates will open to fans with valid tickets beginning at 11:00 a.m., with festivities slated to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. with the introduction of both teams on the baselines. The Yankees ask their fans to please budget ample time when planning their trip to the Stadium and urge their fans to use public transportation.
Lou Piniella, who will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees Award” at the 2013 Homecoming Dinner following the Opening Day game, will throw out the Opening Day ceremonial first pitch. He will become the 12th former Yankees player to receive the Opening Day honor.
The Yankees and the Red Sox will stand together in dedicating the 2013 Opening Day game to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, their families and the greater community of Newtown. Pregame ceremonies will feature joint honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the Sandy Hook victims’ names will be recognized on the center-field video board.
The Yankees and Red Sox will also wear a special ribbon on their uniforms for Opening Day to honor those lost and those affected by the tragedy.
Constantine Maroulis, Tony nominee and star of the Jekyll & Hyde Broadway musical scheduled to open on April 5, will sing the national anthem. In addition, a giant American flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point Cadets.
During the seventh-inning stretch, Alli Mauzey of the Broadway hit Wicked will perform “God Bless America.”
Should be a fun afternoon at the ballpark. We’ll have all the coverage on yankees.com.