Position players had their physicals yesterday, and the first full squad workout will be held today. The first spring training game is scheduled for this Friday.
Aaron Judge, coming off shoulder surgery, will be taking it slow in the beginning.
A couple of prospects may miss a lot of spring training time as well, and maybe some of the beginning of the season, too.
I mentioned Thairo Estrada, shot in the hip during a botched robbery attempt in Venezuela in late January.
Just a few weeks ago, pitcher Albert Abreu had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. So he is recovering from that.
Gary Sanchez literally knocked the cover off of one ball in batting practice yesterday.
There is still talk and rumors of another deal, which I can’t see happening, especially in regards to 3B Mike Moustakas.
For one thing, Moustakas would put the Yanks over the cap, and the Yanks are adamant about not exceeding it.
For another, signing him would cost the Yanks a 2nd and 5th round pick in the draft, and $1MM in international bonus money.
For another, why sign him when all indications appear that the Yanks are going full bore for Machado next year, and that Machado wants to come to NY (but he also wants to play SS, and the Yanks already have Didi there)?
For another, what of young Miguel Andujar, currently considered untouchable? Not only for this year, but for the future?
It does appear as if the Yanks will let it ride for now, and adjust later at the trade deadline.
For all the talk about Judge, Stanton, Didi, and Sanchez, don’t forget about Greg Bird. I’m just hoping he can stay healthy. Don’t forget about him and his potential.
As for Ellsbury, at least the Yanks still have him in case anything happens to Hicks. That contract of Ellsbury’s remains an albatross, however.
Waiting for some games to start!