Yankees Lineup and Pre-Game Notes: March 22
Today is Ivan Nova’s turn to impress, as the righty will make his fifth spring start roughly 18 hours after watching his nominal fifth spot competitor, David Phelps, struggle against the Twins in Tampa. Nova was roughed up a bit in his last outing, giving up four runs in five innings against the Pirates last Sunday, and will look to rebound as he duels with Twins righty Vance Worley.
This is the original lineup set to go behind Nova, although there is apparently one change:
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Chris Stewart C
Thomas Neal DH
Melky Mesa CF
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
That change is in the No. 2 spot, as MLB.com’s Evan Drellich Tweeted that Boesch has been scratched due to a stiff left rib cage. There’s no further update on that as of yet, but Addison Maruszak was penciled in as the second-string right fielder today, so he may get the start, and Joe Girardi can also move Thomas Neal to right field and pencil in someone else as the DH.
On the bench, Girardi has C Francisco Arcia, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Gil Velazquez, 3B Walter Ibarra, LF Jose Pirela, CF Ramon Flores, and Maruszak listed as the backups, with C Jeff Farnham and IF Reegie Corona also up from Minor League camp. Like Maruszak, Pirela has played mostly infield in his career and has been there exclusively this spring, but he did play 28 games in left at Double-A Trenton last season.
Behind Nova, the scheduled relievers are a handful of Minor Leaguers (most notably Mark Montgomery) or journeyman veterans, with a few pitchers from up from Minor League camp as well.
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