TAMPA — Don’t hold your breath for a reunion between Brett Gardner and the Yankees.
While general manager Brian Cashman said on Saturday he was still looking for ways to improve the roster and was in touch with Gardner’s agent Joe Bick, he said he was satisfied until present of who is at the camp.
“Right now we’re focused on what we have, to be honest,” Cashman said. “There is nothing more to say at this point.”
Tim Locastro and Ender Inciarte are both candidates to earn a spot as a backup outfielder and in a 10-9 loss to Toronto on Saturday, Aaron Judge played center and Giancarlo Stanton was right.
As for the rest of the list, Cashman said: “I can’t eliminate my ability to try and find ways to improve the club. At the end of the day, I like what we have, but it’s my job to stay engaged with everyone. My phone is not on silent, let’s put it that way. We’re committed to a lot of clubs, but we’re ready to go with what we have here and across the street. [in minor league camp].
With a payroll of around $256 million, Cashman again noted that it was the highest in team history.
“That doesn’t mean it won’t be higher,” Cashman said. “That doesn’t mean it will either.
Rather than start against an AL East opponent, Jameson Taillon pitched a three-inning mock game at the Player Development Complex. The right-hander, who just had ankle tendon surgery, threw about 50 pitches, according to Boone.
“He threw the ball well,” Boone said.
Clay Holmes also pitched an inning in the simulation game, while lefties Lucas Luetge and Wandy Peralta and right-hander Chad Green all pitched scoreless innings against the Blue Jays.
Joely Rodriguez, who had a pinched nerve in his neck that caused his speed to plummet Thursday against the Tigers, said he initially felt the discomfort two days earlier but didn’t expect it to happen. affects as much. He received treatment on Friday and said he was feeling better on Saturday and expects to start live batting practice on Monday.
Ben Rortvedt took tweaks and Boone said the receiver’s oblique injury will keep him out of games for at least “several” more days.
The Yankees claimed DE Jeisson Rosario off waivers from the Red Sox and assigned him to Double-A Somerset. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter spent last season with Double-A Portland. He was slated for assignment when Boston needed to open up a spot on its 40-man roster for the new Trevor Story.
Ron Marinaccio had another scoreless outing with 1 ¹/₃ shutout. The 26-year-old right-hander didn’t allow a run in his 3 ¹/₃ innings this spring after being put on the 40-man roster in the offseason.
Ronald Guzman got his first action of the spring and went hitless in two at-bats as the first baseman on a minor league deal looks to provide organizational depth at the position. He missed most of last year after knee surgery.
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