Spring Training Roundup – March 8
The New York Yankees finally received some good news in the injury department on Thursday evening, as Derek Jeter was medically cleared to resume full baseball activities. Its not clear when Jeter will be ready to partake in Grapefruit League play, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Opening Day.
The Miami Marlins topped the Yankees in spring action this afternoon, 6-1. Adam Warren had his first rough outing of spring training, allowing four runs on six hits over four innings. Bullpen prospect Mark Montgomery tossed a scoreless seventh inning. Montgomery burst onto the scene last year, and is now a potential late-inning option in the Bronx as soon as 2014.
The Yankee offense struggled against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, who threw four innings, only allowing one run on four hits. Thomas Neal doubled home New York’s only run of the ballgame. Melky Mesa went 2-4 to raise his spring batting average to .261. Mesa’s outfield skills and quick bat have caught the attention of many in big league camp.
The Yankees will head back to Tampa on Saturday afternoon to take on the Atlanta Braves. First pitch against Atlanta is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.