New York Yankees Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Mitchell will be one of five pitchers vying for the last two spots in the starting rotation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Mitchell suffered a toe injury in spring training last year that held him out for the better part of the season, but once healthy he pitched solely as a starter, working to a 3.24 ERA over five starts. With the top three spots seemingly accounted for, the 25-year-old righty will compete with Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chad Green, and Adam Warren for one of the remaining spots. Should Mitchell lose out, it's possible the Yankees will send him back down to the minors to stay stretched out as a starter, but he's also had some experience as a reliever and could be deployed in a long-relief role in the big league bullpen.
News: Bird is expected to be the team's starting first baseman, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Following the retirement of Mark Teixeira at the conclusion of last season, Bird appeared to have the inside track to take over at first base and it appears he still maintains that edge despite the late offseason signing of Chris Carter. Bird missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury and though he was only able to participate in the Arizona Fall League as a DH, the 24-year-old is heading into spring training fully healthy and with no restrictions.
News: Ellsbury made his debut at the Yankees spring facility Tuesday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
Impact: The outfielder was delayed a couple of days while staying with his family for the birth of his second child, but he's since reported to camp and will be a full participant going forward. The 33-year-old has struggled at times to live up to the $153 million deal he inked with New York prior to the 2014 season, but he's still slated to command a spot atop the lineup and man the every day duties in center field in 2017.