Girardi: “If you’re playing, you have a chance to show us something”

Here we go. It’s crunch time for the final decisions in Yankees camp, and manager Joe Girardi said that he expects to have those calls announced tomorrow. Realistically speaking, today is the final day to make impressions, since the Yankees will spend tomorrow morning and afternoon talking about who they’ll be taking with them to Houston.

“I always say, if you’re playing, you have a chance to show us something,” Girardi said. “It will probably be a long discussion tomorrow on what we feel the best fits are.”

With today’s roster moves in the books, here’s how the competition for the final spots breaks down with the decisions that Girardi and his coaches are thinking about:

Yangervis Solarte has hit .459 (17-for-37), leading the Yanks in hits this spring.

Non-roster invitee Yangervis Solarte is batting .459 (17-for-37) with two homers and eight RBIs, leading the Yanks in hits this spring. Will it be enough?

Utility infielders: Eduardo Nunez, Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte (select two).

All three players are in the Yankees’ lineup at Bradenton this afternoon — Nunez at third base, Solarte at second base and Anna at shortstop. There’s an extra spot because Brendan Ryan will begin the season on the disabled list, but Girardi said that he believes all three of these candidates can fill in at shortstop. Nunez and Anna are on the 40-man roster, Solarte is not.

Relievers: RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Cesar Cabral, RHP Matt Daley, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Vidal Nuno, RHP David Phelps, RHP Adam Warren (select four).

Brian Cashman has said that the Yankees would like to take a second left-hander, but that it is not absolutely necessary. My sense is that it’s a coin-flip right now between Cabral and Nuno, and I went with Cabral in doing yesterday’s breakdown, but others seem to be leaning more toward Nuno. Could be. It really depends on how Girardi plans to use David Phelps and Adam Warren, both of whom are considered safe bets to make the club.

Dellin Betances has also had a strong spring and seems to have a spot, though let’s remember that he does have a Minor League option remaining. Daley got some innings last September with the big club and it’s telling that he is still hanging around; he’s not on the 40-man roster, but the Yankees have definitely been using him like a strong candidate. Greene has also impressed the coaches this spring; Girardi talked today about his power sinker.

Cabral, Phelps, Nuno, Warren and Betances are all scheduled to pitch against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

“We’re trying to (narrow it down), because people have to pack and get ready for their season,” Girardi said. 

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Daley didn’t pitch not a good sign

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Based on today’s performance Yankees should keep Warren and Nuno and send Phelps down. Keep Betances and Cabral. We need a couple of good lefties out of the pen. Based on today’s performance at the plate should keep Nunez and send Anna down and keep Solarte. But hey, I’m not the manager so who knows who’ll finally get selected to stay. CC did a great job starting again today. Hopefully he can go normally for 7 innings each game and not start to get knocked around after the 3rd.

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Matt Daley and Solarte keepers.

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I agree about Solarte. He’s not a liability defensively and he’s a clutch hitter at the plate and obviously has some power as well. I think both Anna and Solarte should stay and let Nunez go to the minors. Nunez is not bad at the plate but can be a real liability at times in the field.

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How can the Yankees NOT find a 40-man roster spot for Solarte???? It’s a no-brainer! He has been the best Yankee hitter this Spring!

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