Yankees' final roster battle to last past Saturday?
With less than 48 hours to go before 25-man rosters must be set, the New York Yankees' infield competition has gone from wide open to just plain wild.
While half the mystery has been solved, the other half has only gotten more complicated.
Here's what we do know:
-First, on Friday afternoon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media that no decision had been made on the infield situation. Not long after that, however, Girardi slightly retracted that statement, instead saying "not all parties involved' had been informed of the plans.
-Shortly after that revision, San Diego Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko appeared to spoil half the mystery, sending out a tweet congratulating former teammate Dean Anna on making the Yankees' Opening Day roster. Following the Yankees' win over the Miami Marlins, both Anna and Girardi confirmed that was true, with the skipper adding that "I hate tweets" when informed of Gyorko's spoiler.
-Finally, the Yankees made it official after the game that Zelous Wheeler had been re-assigned to Triple-A, leaving the competition for the final spot -- ostensibly the one Brendan Ryan's injury opened up -- down to Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte.
That's where confirmation ends and mystery continues.
In the clubhouse following the game, Nunez told the media that he and Solarte were called into Girardi's office together and told not to pack their bags yet, because the decision might not be made before the Yankees leave for Houston Saturday night.
And, according to a tweet by Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes, "Núñez and Solarte were told 'they'd get a call' regarding status with the Yankees and that they're trying 'to build the best team possible'."
It's not an unprecedented situation -- as Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reminded in a later tweet, Luis Ayala was added to the Yankees roster in 2011 the day after camp broke -- but, as Nunez put it bluntly, it is "weird."
"Situation like that, it's kind of weird, you know? You don't know where you're going on the last day of spring training. They said it's still up the air. Couple more days to figure out the roster," Nunez said to the media after the game. "What am I going to say? They say don't pack, I don't pack."
Nunez, Solarte and the rest of the world won't have to wait too much longer, however, as rosters must be set no later than 3 p.m. Sunday.