Opening Day is Thursday afternoon. Read that again. Thursday afternoon. The weather isn’t supposed to be great, but I don’t think any of us will let a little rain ruin our day. The Yankee roster is starting to take shape. Here are a few notes about the roster, injuries, and defined roles so far…
- Pedro Feliciano (tricep) will start the season on the disabled list. Feliciano will stay behind in Tampa ‘for a few weeks’ which doesn’t sound great for the lefty reliever. Feliciano led the major league in appearances over the last three seasons, averaging 90 appearances per season.
- Curtis Granderson (oblique) will probably not play on Opening Day. The Yankees are playing it safe with their star center fielder.
- Francisco Cervelli (foot) will be out of his walking boot this week.
- Russell Martin (hamstring) should be ready to go on Opening Day.
- The Yankee bench will consist of Eric Chavez, Andruw Jones, Eduardo Nunez, and catcher, Gustavo Molina. Chavez hit .405 during Spring Training and will likely spell Teix and A-Rod on the corners. If you don’t know anything Gustavo Molina, know one thing. He is not related to the other three Molina catchers. The 29-year-old Molina is a .122/.159/.146 career hitter in 45 career big league plate appearances. He is very good defensively.
- Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia will be the fourth and fifth starters respectively. Bartolo Colon had a hell of spring and will be placed in the Yankee bullpen. In 15 innings, Colon has allowed four runs, one walk while striking out 17.
- The Yankees waived Ronnie Belliard, sent Jesus Montero, Ramiro Pena and Justin Maxwell to Triple A, and will keep Mark Prior in Tampa to participate in Extended Spring Training.