Happy Saturday afternoon, everyone. Sadly, there’s no way to watch the Yankees and Pirates square off today, but the Bombers will be back on TV tomorrow when they host the Phillies (here’s our handy broadcast schedule, for reference).
Now, to the notes from the past couple of days in camp. A few things came up and we weren’t able to provide daily notes yesterday and Thursday, but this should help catch up a bit. Let’s get to it.
The big story: Boone returns
It’s only been three days since Aaron Boone took a medical leave of absence, yet the Yankees’ skipper is back and working as of this morning. He did return to the Yankees’ spring training complex yesterday for COVID-19 intake testing, and apparently, was given the all systems go today. Brian Cashman had previously noted that Boone could return within 48-72 hours of his surgery on Wednesday, so this quick return isn’t a total surprise.
Boone was in Tampa this morning to watch Gerrit Cole and Justin Wilson throw simulated games. He also told the media that he will manage the team’s game in Bradenton vs. the Pirates this afternoon (Bryan Hoch). That’s if the rain holds up, of course. The game is currently delayed.
Getting the feeling Aaron Boone might not get to make his managerial return today. pic.twitter.com/fTRAUCwPwh— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) March 6, 2021
More notes on today’s game after the jump. But first, I just want to say that it’s good to see Boone back and feeling great already. It’s impressive, really. He told the press that he already feels better post-surgery than he did in the months leading up to it (Lindsey Adler). He’s also looking forward to rebuilding his Peloton ranking (ibid). Sheesh. Professional athletes (including former, in Boone’s case) are something else, huh?
- Gerrit Cole threw roughly 50 pitches this morning in live batting practice, as planned. Robinson Chirinos caught him. Cole initially was going to pitch against the Pirates in Bradenton today, but the poor weather forecast changed plans. Jameson Taillon will start instead. (Bryan Hoch, ibid)
- Justin Wilson also threw a sim game this morning. Aroldis Chapman and Darren O’Day did so yesterday.
- Taillon should throw two innings today against his former team, weather permitting. Other pitchers on the trip to Bradenton are: Luis Cessa, Jhoulys Chacín, Brooks Kriske, Trevor Lane, Glen Otto, and Adam Warren. (Bryan Hoch, ibid)
Jamo on the mound in Bradenton. pic.twitter.com/6M2WiJaiWg— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 6, 2021
- The Astros signed one of the top remaining free agents: Jake Odorizzi. He got a two-year deal. This is pretty clearly in response to Framber Valdez‘s broken finger.
- Now, to catch up on a couple of other games this week. First, the Yankees lost 15-0 to the Phillies on Thursday. Some takeaways:
- Deivi García gave up a couple dingers against the Phils but looked sharp in two innings. He got 9 whiffs on 18 swings and threw 27 total pitches.
- Albert Abreu‘s tough spring continued. He gave up 3 hits, a walk, and a homer and recorded just two outs.
- Prospect Yoendrys Gomez tossed a 1-2-3 inning and struck out a batter. He touched 98 on his fastball. Gomez was a 40-man addition this past offseason, but will start the year in A-ball.
- NRI Lucas Luetge threw 17 pitches, 16 of which were sliders and the other a curveball. He got 6 whiffs on 9 swings and struck out the side after a leadoff walk. That’s an interesting approach, to say the least.
- The Yanks and Tigers deadlocked at 1 yesterday. Some notes from that one:
- Domingo Germán pitched well in his Grapefruit League debut: 2 innings, 1 hit, and 4 strikeouts on 31 pitches.
- Mike King, Nick Nelson, Luis García, Tyler Lyons, Addison Russ, and Luis Gil all had clean lines of work. The only pitcher to surrender a run was Luis Medina, who was all over the place. He recorded 2 outs, walked 4, and struck out 1. He’s known to be wild, but perhaps there were some nerves here.
- Gleyber Torres hit a pretty solo homer to right center to account for the Bombers’ scoring.