Bits and pieces of news continue to trickle out of camp in Tampa as the Yankees prepare to kick off their Grapefruit League schedule on Wednesday. No news is usually good news this time of year, but the team has luckily only been dealing with minor bumps and literally bruises so far.
Aaron Hicks drilled Chasen Shreve with a liner during batting practice. Shreve is the second Yankee pitcher to get pegged by a baseball so far this spring. Ivan Nova ended up on the wrong end of an Aaron Judge liner on Sunday. Fortunately, Shreve seems to be fine. One player who has a slightly more serious injury is Nathan Eovaldi. He's suffering from a sore groin that has kept him from facing live hitters to this point.
Masahiro Tanaka has also not faced live hitters yet, but he did throw 61 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday. That's quite a number of pitches for a bullpen session which seems to bode well for how the Yankees' ace is feeling out of the gate. Michael Pineda has also been impressive in camp so far, according to Joe Girardi.
The Yankees have set their pitching rotation for the first set of spring training games with Luis Severino, Ivan Nova, and Bryan Mitchell getting things rolling. Girardi wouldn't really give a reason beyond those three being the most ready to go for why they were getting the first looks. It isn't really surprising either way.
Seeing so many little injuries crop up before spring training games even get started can be a little unsettling, but it's probably to be expected to some extent as the players get their bodies back into the swing of things. Luckily it seems like everything so far has been incredibly minor and shouldn't have much of an impact going forward. Hopefully it stays that way, because the team's success will likely be tied to how healthy they can remain throughout the year.