After Ivan Nova’s performance yesterday, it was pretty much a given that he pitched himself out of the starting rotation. It was also pretty much a given that CC Sabathia would have the #5 slot.
As ESPN’s Lee Corso is known to say, “Not so fast, my friend.”
Although it still strongly appears that CC will have that #5 slot, if only because of his salary, Bryan Mitchell gave the Yanks some food for thought as he continued his fine spring training with four scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Toronto in spring training action today.
Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR for the Yanks.
Poor Rob Refsnyder took a bad hop off of his face for the second day in a row. He’s made three errors at 3B in the last two days. Meanwhile, don’t count out Ronald Torreyes maybe beating out Refsnyder for a spot on the team as the backup infielder. Torreyes, 23, has had a fine spring. The rookie had two hits today and is at .313 for the spring.
A-Rod had an RBI. The winning run scored in the ninth on an E-2.
Nick Rumbelow and James Pazos were sent down to AAA. I still think the final bullpen spot(s) are down to Barbato, Yates and Pinder.
Today’s pitching line:
Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.