Aaron Judge hit in the cage and threw from 120 feet, but Boone does not know when the right fielder would hit outdoors for the first time since being shut down with a right shoulder problem. Yankees Pitcher J.A. Happ started and pitched 3 innings and was satisfied with his outing. He ended up throwing 40 pitches of which 30 were strikes which is very positive. Reliver Aroldis Chapman threw batting practice and will repeat the process on Sunday before making his spring training debut which could be Wednesday night at Steinbrenner Field against the Phillies.
In the battle to make the team, Tyler Wade’s bid to be the utility infielder strengthened when he hit a two-run homer in the 1st inning in a 7-1 victory over the Rays yesterday with 2 stolen bases. Clint Frazier has been making some noise in Spring Training with Aaron Hicks out until June or possibly longer because of Tommy John surgery and Giancarlo Stanton questionable for Opening Day with a strained right calf. The could be a possibility for Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade to be in Baltimore on March 26 when the Yankees start the season against the Orioles. Another possible roster spot available can be for Mike Ford. He has a chance to make the team due to his left-handed bat the Yankees need to keep the line up balanced. The first baseman has a Home Run and 3 hits in 8 plate appearances.
Now, let’s talk about the Yankees Dark Horse this Spring Training… I believe we have two of them in camp. You will need to keep a close look on Mike King and Deivi Garcia. There is a chance for King to make an impression in the team’s rotation. Garcia is raw but making heads turn. The Yankees will need a fifth starter with Paxton and Severino out and right now, the options are looking at an inconsistent Jonathan Loaisiga. One of these two dark horses will be a permanent bullpen game slot.