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Here is the lineup as the Yankees take their last bus trip of the spring, a 2 1/2 hour trek to Fort Myers, Fla., and they’ll see a familiar face on the other side of the diamond… remember, the Yankees actually had some interest in signing Carl Pavano (again!) as a free agent this winter…
March 27, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Lee County Sports Complex – Fort Myers, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None
Eduardo Nunez SS, Robinson Cano 2B, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez DH, Eric Chavez 3B, Andruw Jones RF, Ramiro Pena LF, Jesus Montero C, Austin Krum CF
Pitching: Buddy Carlyle RHP (0-0, 18.00 ERA this spring)
Aaron Hicks CF, Matt Tolbert 2B, Michael Cuddyer RF, Justin Morneau 1B, Jim Thome DH, Delmon Young LF, Danny Valencia 3B, Drew Butera C, Alexi Casilla SS
Pitching: Carl Pavano RHP (1-1, 0.95 ERA this spring)
- Joe Girardi told reporters today in Fort Myers that it is unlikely Pedro Feliciano (left triceps soreness) will be able to avoid the disabled list. Feliciano was supposed to try throwing today but the session had to be cancelled, and Girardi said it is difficult to envision a situation where Feliciano is ready for Opening Day. Girardi named lefty Steve Garrison, 24, as a potential replacement to begin the season.
- Romulo Sanchez was listed on the travel roster for today’s game but did not make the trip. It’s possible that the Yankees could have a trade in the works. Sanchez is out of Minor League options.
- Right-handed pitcher Lance Pendleton has been tendered back to the Yankees by the Astros. Pendleton will be assigned to minor league camp.
- Chris Dickerson (cramping) and Curtis Granderson (oblique strain) are taking BP this afternoon in Tampa, though Girardi said it is too early to know anything about their conditions.
- Girardi on Eric Chavez’s spring: “You saw the bat speed. Right when he got to camp, you saw the bat speed in Chavez. If he’s healthy, he can help us. He’s not really going to forget how to hit. It’s just if you’re physically capable of hitting. And he looked great.”
Left-hander Pedro Feliciano may not be ready for the March 31 opener against the Tigers and could begin the season on the disabled list. Feliciano still feels discomfort behind his left shoulder and is scheduled to try playing catch again on Sunday.
Additionally, Curtis Granderson is continuing treatment on his strained oblique – he swung a bat today, ran the bases and threw – and says he feels like he has a “50-50″ chance of being ready for March 31.
“The way everything felt today was a good sign, another step forward,” he said. “Hopefully everything continues the same way.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated the team may wait as long as the March 30 workout day at Yankee Stadium to determine if Granderson should begin the year on the disabled list. If they retroactively date him, Granderson would be eligible to come off the DL on April 6.
“That would be their call,” Granderson said. “I feel like everything is fine in terms of avoiding the DL.”
It was a busy Wednesday morning in the Bronx, as the Yankees introduced Rafael Soriano to the New York media, a signing that Brian Cashman acknowledged makes the team better but one that he had still vocally opposed because of the contract value and a lost first-round Draft pick.
Then, just for good measure, Cashman acknowledged that he indeed had several discussions about bringing Carl Pavano back to the Yankees, looking for someone to upgrade a rotation that still figures to include both Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre if the season started today.
Pavano signed a two-year deal with the Twins later in the day, but like we said, it was a busy morning. Here are some of the other tidbits that might have been overlooked:
Cashman: “Joba’s in the bullpen, for the 200th time” – a.k.a., The Debate is Over
Joba Chamberlain will be in the bullpen and there is no chance of him starting for the Yankees in 2011, both Cashman and Girardi said.
Here’s Girardi’s explanation: “I think Joba is going to be an important part of our bullpen. For me, I like to shorten the game as much as I can. He has a chance to be an outstanding reliever for us and I think his second half was better than his first half. I think we could really have a close down bullpen where the game gets really short. When you’re called upon to pitch, your inning is just as important. If you give up runs in the sixth, you never get to the eighth. Sometimes in the seventh you might face a tougher part of the order than the eighth.”
Asked if there was some physical reason the Yankees wouldn’t consider starting Chamberlain, Girardi answered, “No, not necessarily. It’s probably hard to bounce back and forth all the time. Then you end up with an innings limitation again. I think it’s really important that you have an awesome bullpen and I think he can be a big part of that. … We just decided at this point that’s where he fits the best and that’s where we’re going to put him.”
Responding to a similar question, Cashman said, “I think we’ve seen over time now that his stuff plays so much better as a reliever than as a starter … As a result of everything leading up to and including last spring.”
A reporter then tried to float the case that Chamberlain’s numbers as a starter compared favorably to what Ivan Nova or Sergio Mitre might provide.
“He’s in the bullpen,” Cashman said.
Did Boston’s big winter push the Soriano deal?
Cashman said he never heard that the Yankees needed to react to Boston’s moves specifically, but Hal Steinbrenner felt that there needed to be an upgrade of some kind for the fan base. The decision went beyond just the baseball operations department, he added.
“I think [Steinbrenner] just felt we needed to do something, regardless,” Cashman said. “That’s how it was conveyed; ‘We’re not going to go into Spring Training without us doing something big.’ And this is big.”
Will Soriano fit in the clubhouse? Sure, Girardi says
There have been whispers that Soriano has had trouble with previous managers, including being upset with coming into non-save situations and being asked to pitch more than one inning. You would think that will be different with Mariano Rivera in New York.
Girardi said that reputation won’t be a problem, as he wants to “give everyone a clean slate” and tries to get to know each of his players as much as possible.
Are the Yankees a better team today?
Girardi figures the ’11 team is better than the one that walked off the field after Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS. “I think we’ve added to our bullpen, added another left-hander (in Pedro Feliciano), and I think we’re a better club because we’ve been through it,” he said.
More pitching on the way?
There has been buzz on the Hot Stove about the Yankees potentially showing interest in the Tigers’ Armando Galarraga – he of the imperfect Jim Joyce game – who was designated for assignment. He’s easily one of the more appealing options out there, given the marketplace.
Regarding another possible upgrade to the rotation, Cashman said: “I hope so. The starter might have to come from within. Hopefully we have some of these young kids answer the bell for us. In the meantime, we’ll still keep our eyes and ears open to the remaining market, which is very limited.”
He added: “It’s a difficult market to choose from. Listen, if you’re still on the board, there’s a reason for it.”
Captain leading off
As of this moment, Girardi says he has Derek Jeter penciled in to be the Yankees’ leadoff hitter. Hitting coach Kevin Long has said that he’d like to use Spring Training to experiment with different combinations.
It took three weeks to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, but the Yankees have officially announced the signing of left-hander Pedro Feliciano, who comes across town from the Mets for a two-year, $8 million contract that includes a club option for the 2013 season.