Anna makes Yankees’ roster, one spot left to fill
The final roster spot in Yankees camp will come down to the last day of the spring, as utility infielders Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte have both been told not to pack for the trip to Houston.
Dean Anna was told that he has secured a spot on the roster, and the Yankees view Anna as the replacement for infielder Brendan Ryan, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. That decision leaves Nunez and Solarte in limbo for one more night.
“Weird, a situation like that,” Nunez said. “It’s kind of weird, you know? You don’t know where you’re going on the last day of Spring Training. They said it’s still up the air.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had “nothing else to really report” about the situation with Nunez and Solarte. Nunez has played in 270 games for the Yankees over the last four years, while Solarte batted .429 this spring as a non-roster invitee.
Technically, the Yankees have until 3 p.m. ET on Sunday to finalize their Opening Day roster. Girardi did confirm that Anna made the roster, news that was first revealed via Twitter by Jedd Gyorko, one of Anna’s former Padres teammates.
“He gives you a ton of flexibility,” Girardi said. “With Brendan Ryan out, he played a very good shortstop for us. He’s a left-handed bat, so if we give (Derek Jeter) a day off, it’ll probably be against a right-hander. He fits the mold.”
Girardi said that he would also feel comfortable playing Anna at second or third bases. Anna, 27, led the Pacific Coast League in hitting last year with a .331 average for Triple-A Tucson, and would be making his big league debut with New York.
“I really feel a little numb more than anything right now,” Anna said. “I think maybe Opening Day, that’s when I’ll start to feel what I feel. Everyone else is really excited for me, but it really just feels like another day right now — which is kind of a weird feeling, really.”