Yankees 4, Cardinals 0
Derek Jeter is just about ready to play in the field for the
first time this year.
Jeter went 0 for 2 in his second game as a designated hitter
since returning from a broken ankle, a 4-0 win for the New York
Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
The Yankees captain was hurt Oct. 13 in the AL championship
series opener. Jeter grounded out in the first and hit into a
double play in the third. He could play shortstop Wednesday
”That’s the plan as of now,” he said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi planned to talk with Jeter on
”If he comes out OK, we’re going to throw him in there,”
New York’s Hiroki Kuroda gave up three hits and struck out six
in four innings.
”I’m getting there,” Kuroda said through a translator.
Kevin Youkilis hit a fourth-inning solo homer off Lance Lynn,
who allowed one run and two hits over four innings.
”Slider that didn’t slide,” Lynn said. ”That’s why we’re down
here working, trying to make sure that pitch is ready to go for the
season. But I threw some good ones early on, so you can’t really
harp on the one bad one. Other than that one pitch, I threw the
ball pretty well.”
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery in St. Louis to
repair a ruptured disk in his lower back. Bench coach Mike Aldrete
is managing the team in his absence.
”I did get a text from him that said he is feeling better,
spoke with our medical staff and they’re encouraged by where things
are at,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said. ”I hope to
see him by the end of the week back in camp, knowing that he’s
going to have to take it slow and be smart about it.”
St. Louis third baseman David Freese played defense for the
first since falling into the stands March 4 while attempting to
catch a foul ball and landing on his tailbone. Outfielder Matt
Holliday, battling flu, didn’t make the trip and worked out at the
Cardinals’ complex in Jupiter.
Youkilis, who started at first base for the first time this
spring training, also had a sacrifice fly. Signed to fill in for
third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery), Youkilis could see time
at first because Mark Teixeira is sidelined until at least May due
to a wrist injury.
New York right-hander Phil Hughes threw 27 pitches during his
second mound session since being diagnosed with a bulging disk in
his upper back three weeks ago. Yankees pitching coach Larry
Rothschild did not rule out Hughes being ready for the first week
of the regular season.
”Today was a big day,” Hughes said. ”Today was like a normal
bullpen. I’m pain free. I think that was the biggest thing.”
Hughes, who went 16-13 with a 4.19 ERA over 32 starts last
season, is scheduled to throw batting practice Thursday and could
follow that with a simulated game. He had a 10-pitch mound session
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had a 21-pitch bullpen session and
is to make his second appearance on Wednesday. He struck out two
during a 1-2-3 inning on Saturday. David Robertson, scratched from
his outing last Tuesday because of an achy shoulder, gave up a
single during a scoreless sixth.
”Put up a zero, but it was ugly,” Robertson said. ”I didn’t
have any problems. Felt great.”
Cardinals left-hander Marc Rzepczynski has been cleared to
resume limited baseball activities. He had a freak eye injury
incurred while golfing on Friday. An object, perhaps a rock or the
ball, caromed off a tree and hit Rzepczynski in the eye after he
swung at the ball.
”We’re just going to be patient on this because it’s a unique
injury and give him a couple more days,” Mozeliak said. ”But
hopefully by the end of the week, he’s back and able to throw a
NOTES: New York agreed to a minor league contract with Ben
Francisco, who will compete for an extra outfield position. … Gil
Velazquez rejoined the Yankees after playing for Mexico, which was
eliminated in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. …
Weatherman Al Roker worked out with the Yankees before the game,
wearing uniform No. 98. He talked baseball with Hall of Famer
Reggie Jackson and took out the lineup card to the umpires. … New
York optioned LHP Francisco Rondon, RHPs Dellin Betances and Brett
Marshall, and C Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
LHPs Manny Banuelos and Nik Turley, RHP Jose Ramirez and OF Ramon
Flores were optioned to Double-A Trenton. RHP Chase Whitley, C J.R.
Murphy and INF Luke Murton were reassigned to the minor league