Yankees Pre-Game Notes: February 26
If they do, the big news item is that Kevin Youkilis, who was scheduled to start at third base, has been scratched with a sore oblique. Addison Maruszak, a utility infielder who hit .276-16-59 at Trenton last season, will instead man the hot corner, and he’s in a lineup that features a handful of “regulars” and a handful of hopefuls.
Courtesy of our friends in Tampa, a gander at today’s new scheduled starting lineup:
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Matt Diaz LF
Melky Mesa CF
Bobby Wilson C
Addison Maruszak 3B
Behind the starters, the reserves scheduled for action include outfielders Ronnier Mustelier and Thomas Neal, smooth-fielding shortstop Cito Culver, first baseman Luke Murton, who was last year’s organizational leader in home runs, and catching prospect J.R. Murphy.
Right-hander Jose Ramirez, who made 18 starts at High Class-A Tampa in 2012, will get the start on the mound, with David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain among the relievers scheduled to make the trip.
Meanwhile, back in Tampa, a few other hurlers will hopefully get their work in, as Andy Pettitte is scheduled to throw live batting practice to Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin and the quartet of Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Hiroki Kuroda, and Boone Logan will all throw side bullpen sessions.
Joe Girardi also announced his starters for the next four games, and the Yankees will go the first turn through the rotation without using any of their veteran starters.
After Ramirez’ scheduled start Tuesday, lefty Nik Turley, who went 9-5, 2.89 in 21 starts at Tampa before joining Trenton for their playoff run last year, will “conclude” the first turn by going against the Orioles on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, when the Yankees split the squad for games against Toronto and Houston, David Phelps will get his second turn in the home game against the Jays and 2012 Eastern League wins leader Brett Marshall, who relieved Phelps last Saturday, will face the Astros in Kissimmee.
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