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Yankees Camp Notes: Robinson Cano returns, Phil Hughes ready for next step

03/21/2013 4:54 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Phil Hughes will throw three innings in a Minor League game on Friday.(AP)
Derek Jeter being held out of Grapefruit League games for the rest of the spring is the big news in Yankees camp, but there’s plenty going on ahead of tonight’s game against the Twins.

-A “rested” Robinson Cano, Juan Cedeno, and Tony Pena are back after leading the Dominican Republic to the World Baseball Classic title, and Cano was in the lineup hitting third on Thursday night. He’s also listed on Friday’s travel roster, so it could be a quick re-acclimation to pinstripes for Cano.

-Phil Hughes will pitch three innings in Minor League game tomorrow, going on three days rest after his two-inning simulated game on Tuesday. Should he come through that with flying colors and remain on a schedule that sees him throw every five days after Friday, Hughes could be lined up to debut the first time the Yankees would need a fifth starter on April 7; there’s no word yet on whether he’ll see Grapefruit League action, but the Yankees could keep him in Minor League games like Jeter just in case he does have a setback and has to be disabled for a start or two.

-Catcher Bobby Wilson played in a Triple-A game this afternoon, and according to Josh Norris of The Trentonian, he left that game with a finger injury of some sort. Wilson is still in Major League camp and is listed on tomorrow’s travel roster as Chris Stewart’s backup, so hopefully for him the finger is a minor matter.

-Speaking of that travel roster, Cano and Travis Hafner are just two of a good handful of players in tonight’s lineup scheduled to go to Fort Myers in the morning. On that list, Addison Maruszak, who has been listed as an outfielder the last two days, is on as an infielder, while recent infielders Juan Rivera and Ronnier Mustelier are listed as outfielders. Of course, things could change and any combo of that group could flip-flop (especially since Dan Johnson is also listed, giving the team no shortage of utility corner players), but it’s an interesting note nonetheless.

-Adam Warren, who starts Sunday, and reliever Shawn Kelley threw bullpens today, with CC Sabathia, Vidal Nuno, and Joba Chamberlain scheduled to throw side sessions Friday. Per Chad Jennings of the Westchester Journal News, GM Brian Cashman also said that Chien-Ming Wang may throw another bullpen for scouts at the Minor League complex tonight or tomorrow.

-It officially happened Wednesday night, but the Yankees announced that they have re-assigned RHP Mark Montgomery and LHP Matt Tracy to Minor League camp, leaving 24 pitchers officially in the Big League group; a handful of those, including Hughes and non-roster invitee David Herndon, are either hurt or working back from injury, though, so the active number is closer to 20.

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