Probable Opening Day lineup revealed
Joe Girardi said that the lineup he would have sent out today against the Marlins bears a great resemblance to the one that he plans to use against the Astros on Opening Day.
“There’s a pretty good chance we’ll use that Tuesday,” Girardi said.
I would guess that Girardi plans to play Carlos Beltran in right field and have Alfonso Soriano as the designated hitter, though that wasn’t how it was in today’s lineup. Either way, the batting order seems to be correct.
Girardi was asked why he is hitting Gardner seventh.
“He’s a guy that we feel we could hit anywhere in the top or anywhere down to give some speed,” he replied. “He had a pretty good year offensively last year, and that’s where we decided to put him.”
The best guess for the April 1 lineup, then, is probably:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
CC Sabathia LHP
Also, here are the most recent Yankees roster moves:
· Optioned LHP Cesar Cabral and RHP Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
· Reassigned INF Zelous Wheeler, OF Antoan Richardson, OF Adonis Garcia, RHP Matt Daley and C Jose Gil to minor league camp.
· Optioned INF Eduardo Nunez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.