It has been a busy week for the New York Yankees. Veteran second baseman Neil Walker was signed to a one-year contract, with outfielder Jake Cave being designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Prized prospect Gleyber Torres was optioned to Triple-A as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm, and Adam Lind was released.
In other news, two more of the Yankees’ possible free agent targets have signed with other teams. Jake Arrieta inked a three-year deal with the Phillies, while Lance Lynn signed a one-year pact with the Twins. New York is reportedly interested in Alex Cobb, the sole remaining marquee name among free agent starting pitchers.
The Yankees host the Pirates today at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Sonny Gray is slated to make his third spring training start. The right-hander has pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in Grapefruit League action so far, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out five.
Joe Musgrove is expected to start for Pittsburgh. It will be the right-hander’s first appearance as a member of the Pirates. He was acquired from Houston in January as part of the Gerrit Cole deal, but is recovering from shoulder soreness suffered earlier in camp.
Today’s starting lineup is very close to what we should see on Opening Day. All of the regulars are in there. The only exception is that Tyler Wade will be playing second instead of Neil Walker. Other than that, the Bombers will have all of their big guns playing against the Bucs today.
It’s exciting to think that this will be our first chance to see Gardner, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, Didi, Hicks, and Bird hitting in order. Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is batting in between Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. I love that.
The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM EDT and you can watch on YES.