Spring Game 25: Yankees vs. Pirates

Hello from under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees are entertaining the Pirates in a 7:05 p.m. ET contest tonight. You can watch on MLB Network.

A quick injury update: Brendan Ryan had two MRIs today and has been told that he has a pinched nerve in his back. Ryan has just eight at-bats this spring and it appears unlikely that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Brian Cashman said that he believes the Yankees have all the necessary answers in camp, so expect them to carry two of these three as backup infielders: Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte has been putting on a show this spring, entering tonight hitting .455 (21-for-33) with two homers and eight RBIs. Anna is batting .233 (7-for-30) with three RBIs, but he’s on the 40-man roster, so he may have an advantage in that battle. It’s all yet to be decided; certainly, that decision seems like it’ll follow the fifth starter competition, which could be announced as soon as Sunday.

In the daily Jacoby Ellsbury update, he took batting practice today and might be able to play by Sunday. The smart money is on the Yankees waiting until Tuesday so Ellsbury can take advantage of Monday’s off-day.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

PIRATES (11-8-1)
Josh Harrison LF
Neil Walker DH
Andrew McCutchen CF
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Tony Sanchez C
Jordy Mercer SS
Jose Tabata RF
Michael Martinez 2B
Robert Andino 3B

Edinson Volquez RHP

YANKEES (13-9-2)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki DH

CC Sabathia LHP

Also scheduled to pitch: David Herndon, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley, David Robertson.

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Ok this may sound nuts but I overheard a Red Sox official in a Cambridge Bar talking about Mariano Rivera. They have been talking to him about possibly coming out of retirement for the last 4 months of the season and playing for the RS. The figures they were throwing around were nuts, somewhere between $18-22 Million for that short time.

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Hmmm. Interesting meeting place for a Red Sox official!

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Solarte could be a real diamond in the ruff only time will tell.

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I seriously doubt he will, but who knows. He’s looked average this spring and after 5 years in the Yankee system he has only put up average numbers with no real improvement. He’s still young at this time but he looks like a fringe prospect at best. His age, lack of experience and mediocre numbers really hurt his chances.

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With the outfield overloaded will Flores hang on to his 40Man spot?

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