The Yankees played their first split-squad games of spring training today. Half of the team hit the road to take on Boston, and the other half stayed home to face the Tigers. Both teams managed to pull off a victory today. The Bombers beat Detroit 8-2, and picked up a 5-2 win over the Red Sox.
In lieu of full-length recaps, we will run bullet-point highlights through spring training. Important contributions and players will get covered, plus a roundup of the team’s pitching lines, as well as news and notes from the club. Hope you all enjoy this format!
- Gerrit Cole made his second start of the spring. He was only expected to pitch two innings, but didn’t reach his pitch count, so the Yankees let him go back out in the third. He tossed two and two-thirds scoreless innings, gave up two hits, and recorded two strikeouts. According to WFAN, the plan is to increase his pitch count to 45-50 pitches during his next outing. So far, so good.
- Meanwhile, Jordan Montgomery started the game against the Red Sox. He also had a great outing! Monty struck out four batters and gave up just one hit in two innings of work.
- The offense was slow to get going in either game, but there were a few exciting moments. Gleyber Torres hit a three-run blast to put the Bombers up 5-0 in the fifth against the Tigers, and also made two nice defensive plays. In the other game, Clint Frazier reached on a fielding error that allowed two runs to score, and picked up a sac fly.
- Aaron Judge’s right shoulder has been bothering him and he hasn’t participate in any spring training games yet. The last updated we heard was that he “could get into some games next week.” That no longer appears to be the plan after he experienced soreness yesterday.
Hopefully they get to the bottom of this soon. Fingers crossed that this doesn’t turn into Judge missing 100 games.
The Yankees will hit the road tomorrow to play the Tigers once again. David Hale is slated to start that game at 1:05 ET. If you’d like to follow the action, you’ll have to listen to WFAN.