The Yankees had their first rainout of the year today, as their matchup with the Phillies was officially washed out at 12:45 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka, the scheduled starting pitcher, threw two simulated innings (30 pitches) indoors and will not be pushed back. The Yankees won’t be back on TV until Sunday, when they’ll have split-squad matchups with Detroit and Toronto.
The Yankees had pitchers take advantage of the clear morning weather. Dellin Betances threw live batting practice, though it’s unclear who he faced or the results. Aroldis Chapman and Adam Ottavino threw batting practice Monday with no issues.
The Yankees are bringing CC Sabathia along slowly after his offseason heart surgery, with Boone calling his first mound session today “short”. He’ll throw a full-on bullpen session Friday.
Miguel Andújar is expected to be healthy enough to make the trip to Lakeland for tomorrow’s contest against the Tigers. Albert Abreu (originally the starting pitcher), Domingo Acevedo, Chance Adams (now the starter), Greg Bird, Thairo Estrada, Estevan Florial, Joe Harvey, Aaron Hicks, DJ LeMahieu, Stephen Tarpley, Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit are also making the 45-minute trip east. The game will not be televised and can be followed by the Tigers radio network.
According to Jon Heyman at Fancred, the Yankees are “expected” to complete an extension with Betances, and are also in talks with Didi Gregorius.
Heyman said Betances would likely come to terms with the Yankees first, and that the Yankees view Gregorius’s return from Tommy John as just a “minor factor but certainly not an impediment”.
Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reports via Twitter that the Yankees plan to start Clint Frazier in Triple-A unless an injury creates a spot for him at the big league level.
Frazier came into camp talking about how badly he wanted to unseat Brett Gardner in left field, but the Yankees are bringing him along slowly after last year’s concussion issues.
Gary Sánchez will make his Grapefruit League debut Friday against Baltimore as long as he does not suffer any health setbacks between now and then.
The backstop had offseason surgery to clean out his left shoulder, which had been bothering him for years. That injury could explain a dismal offensive output that was compounded by poor defense and questions about his hustle on the field.