Spring Training Roundup – March 5
After an off-day, the New York Yankees spring training squad went under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field to take on the Atlanta Braves. A significant portion of the Yankees lineup received the day off, including Robinson Cano who is gearing up to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. The Yankee offense failed to get going, as they fell 2-0.
David Phelps, who spent a short time with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, was superb. He threw four innings, allowing just one run on two hits, striking out two. It was the righty’s finest performance so far this spring, and he’s now allowed just one run over nine innings. With the injury to Phil Hughes, Phelps may be the man that steps up a few notches in the rotation.
The Yankee offense managed just five hits, two of them coming from Brett Gardner. Corban Joseph and Ronnier Mustelier each had a base hit. Both spent most of the 2012 campaign with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Braves featured a lineup that will look very similar to their Opening Day one, with Freddie Freeman collecting two hits, and Justin Upton collecting his sixth RBI of the spring.
New York reassigned seven players to the minor league camp earlier on Tuesday, including Tyler Austin, who has turned heads the past week and a half. Joining Austin on the list are Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez, and former first round pick Cito Culver. The Yankees will now welcome Cano’s Dominican Republic squad, as they prepare to begin World Baseball Classic pool play.