The decision to go with the 26-year-old international sensation means CC Sabathia’s streak of opening day starts with the Yankees will end at six.
Jeter left behind a team in transition, that failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in a generation and is beset with an older core coming off injuries.
“I’m not really concerned about it, because it’s really mild,” manager Joe Girardi said. “This is the time of year we can protect him a little bit, don’t have to rush him back.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Ellsbury will not play Wednesday, then will be evaluated Thursday. He didn’t rule out Ellsbury missing up to a week.
“It’s going to suck,” Teixeira said. “But you have to deal with it. It’s going to tear up the infield, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so we’ll deal with it.”
Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.
The right-hander threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes Saturday in a simulated game divided into two innings. The Japanese ace faced nine batters, giving up one single and striking out one.
Brian Cashman can’t see anybody else with a ‘C’ on their jersey. But it’s not up to him.
The Yankees slugger went 1 for 2 with a walk in a spring-training loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, another step forward as he tries to resume his drug-scarred career.
A-Rod returns on Wednesday for his first game in 17 months, slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats against the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in New York’s spring training home opener.
Alex Rodriguez will skip the Yankees’ exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.
In addition to cheering, many of the about 500 fans in attendance Thursday called out A-Rod’s name as he moved from drill to drill and in and out of the batting cage.
Does that mean he’d go full-blown Boss? Could there be an organizational shakeup? It sounds like he’s not ruling anything out.
All-time saves leader and iconic Yankee Mariano Rivera showed up at Yankees camp on Wednesday. Mo will serve as a guest instructor in Tampa.
“It’s absolutely good,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think the No. 1 thing is throwing it a little bit harder than last time.”