WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – The Yankees lost their first Spring Training game since March 8 on a sixth-inning homer by Carlos Correa.
The Yankees went back to the opener, trusting Jonathan Holder to record the first six outs. He gave up a lot of hard contact, but wound up with just a walk, no hits and no strikeouts recorded.
The Astros tied things up in the fifth on an ugly throwing error by Miguel Andujar. He snared a laser off the bat of George Springer, and tried to throw behind Tony Kemp at first base. The throw was nowhere near on target and allowed Robinson Chirinos to score from third. Kemp likely was safe anyway.
Correa homered in the sixth off Joe Harvey, belting a knee-high hanging slider into the bullpen beyond the left-field wall. Harvey came in after Nestor Cortes Jr. pitched three innings and allowed just the unearned run on the Andújar error. Harvey threw two innings, allowing the homer and one other hit. Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
- The injury bug keeps biting, although this one seems to be more minor. Tyler Wade left the game before the bottom of the fifth because of tightness in both hips. Wade attributed it to falling asleep in a strange position on the three-plus hour bus ride from Tampa to West Palm Beach. He’ll be sent back to Tampa for further evaluation. “A lot of guys are hurt right now, so I didn’t want to keep pushing it, keep pushing it, keep pushing it. It’s just my hips are tight,” Wade said to Randy J. Miller of NJ Advance Media.
- Luis Severino got back into throwing today, making 25 throws at 60 feet without issue on a back field in Tampa. He’ll throw 50 times at 60 feet tomorrow before having an off-day Friday. “It was pretty normal,” Severino said, per Bryan Hoch. “Tomorrow I will feel better.”
- Aroldis Chapman threw 35 pitches in two innings on the minor-league side, striking out five batters and walking one. DJ LeMahieu batted third and played first base in the same game, going 2-for-4 with a single, a homer and two runs scored. J.A. Happ threw a 33-pitch simulated game in Tampa as well. [Ackert, Daily News]
- We could get our first Gio González sighting Saturday, as Aaron Boone told George A. King III of the New York Post that the lefty who signed officially today could “could piggyback with [Masahiro] Tanaka possibly on Saturday.” He also mentioned that González could throw a simulated game or pitch on the minor-league side instead.
- Jordan Montgomery took a big step in his Tommy John surgery rehab, making 25 pitches from a half-mound. He told George A. King III of the Post that he’s got 19 more bullpen sessions to go and is “not sure” what the next step after that will be.
- King also reported a scary moment from Yankees camp, saying Lee Mazzilli was hit in the head by a line drive hit during batting practice in Tampa on Wednesday. He was admitted to a local hospital for testing, though there have been no updates on his condition at this point.