Rainy day at Yankees camp
It’s raining here in Tampa, and the Yankees’ bus to Clearwater has been delayed until 11:15 a.m. Today’s game against the Phillies appears to be in jeopardy of a washout, which means we’ll have to scrap any plans of seeing Masahiro Tanaka’s first spring start, the spring debuts of Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano, and another day of the Derek Jeter watch.
Update 12:15 p.m. ET: OK, so I’m in Clearwater. Just before pulling into the stadium complex, I got an emergency text message telling me there were tornado warnings in the area and that I should seek shelter immediately. There are lakes in the outfield. Other than that, “I’d keep playing. I don’t think the heavy stuff’s gonna come down for quite a while.”
Here’s the view that the Yankees had of their dugout at Bright House Field, courtesy of traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz:
— Ben Tuliebitz (@travelingsec) March 6, 2014
In the meantime, let’s roll the clock back to yesterday’s Yankees coverage:
What we learned: Mark Teixeira didn’t feel like he got enough swings during David Herndon’s sim game yesterday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Teixeira has had a tough time getting work in this week; there were no pitchers available Tuesday, he only got three swings yesterday and today Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. Lucky for Tex that it’s so early in camp. Then again, considering he injured his wrist by overuse, a light schedule isn’t the worst thing in the world.
What we wrote:
- Rays 5, Yankees 4: Betances lights-out, Warren solid vs. Rays (…rough spring so far for Robert Coello, wearing Joba Chamberlain’s old No. 62)
- Tanaka to face top of Phillies’ order in first start (…weather permitting)
- After dealing with illness, Soriano set to debut (…weather permitting)
- Ex-starter Betances could earn job in Yanks’ bullpen (…just keep throwing strikes)
- El Duque joins Yanks as Minors pitching instructor
And since you’re already here, and I probably won’t get a chance to post this video again, let’s all do the El Duque.
They said it: “I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I do what I am told.” – Mark Teixeira