Masahiro Tanaka to make second start SundayJacoby Ellsbury scratched from game vs. Braves with calf soreness
CC Sabathia will be on the mound out in Panama, with the lineup behind him yet to be determined except for one likely move: Derek Jeter, who played shortstop last night, is almost certain to be the designated hitter.
Meanwhile, it's Masahiro Tanaka on the mound here in Tampa, and the lineup behind him had a late change; Jacoby Ellsbury was set to play center field and lead off, but was scratched with tightness in his right calf. Acting manager Rob Thomson said Ellsbury told him he could play, but after a consultation with the staff, the outfielder was scratched for precautionary reasons. Ellsbury will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but he will not travel to Bradenton to face the Pirates as he was scheduled to.
With the change made, here is the revised Yankees lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ramon Flores LF
Pete O'Brien DH
Mason Williams CF
Ali Castillo 2B
With Williams now in the starting lineup, the six scheduled reserves are all minor-league call-ups, with two of the three emergency players in the same boat; the exception is Austin Romine, who was added as an emergency reserve once Ellsbury was scratched.
Behind Tanaka today, the Yankees will throw Matt Thornton, Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and Shane Greene, with minor-league additions Caleb Cotham, Aaron Dott, Tyler Webb and Pat Venditte also available if needed.
Tanaka will, and that group could, face a Braves lineup that is chock full of talent. Six of the eight projected Braves regulars are in the lineup today, with Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons and the Upton brothers all in there and super-sub Ryan Doumit also playing.
Two other notes from a warm Sunday in Tampa:
-Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and David Phelps, who will pitch Tuesday through Thursday respectively, all threw side sessions today, as did lefties Fred Lewis and Manny Banuelos.
-Although Rob Thomson said Saturday the team wasn't planning to solidify Monday's roster until later Sunday, there was a travel sheet posted in the clubhouse. With Ellsbury scratched, 16 of the 28 major-league players scheduled to go as of now went on the Panama trip, with John Ryan Murphy, Gary Sanchez, and Zoilo Almonte are the biggest names of the bunch. The Yankees also have five minor-league call-ups listed as per diem players.