According to Peter Abraham, the Yankees have now cut down to 25 players on their active big league roster.
The position players:
When Andy Pettitte comes off the D.L. next weekend, either Albaladejo, Bruney or Ohlendorf will come off the roster. My money is on Albaladejo.
The Yankees are covered when it comes to having nine sticks to put in the line-up.
It will be interesting to see how Girardi handles the infield if something happens to Jeter and Cano in the same game. Granted, the odds are against something happening to both in the same contest – but, it’s not impossible. Either Betemit plays SS and Ensberg will be pressed into duty at second, or, Betemit plays second, A-Rod moves over to short, and Ensberg plays third. So, there’s some coverage there – albeit just unconventional.
It will also be interesting to see what happens with Posada and Giambi if they’re on base late in a close game. Do you pinch run for them? If so, do you use Betemit? For Giambi, probably – sure – as Betemit can then play first and you don’t lose him. But, if you run Betemit for Posada and then Molina comes in to catch, you’re without that true back-up middle infielder for the rest of the game. So, look for Duncan or Ensberg to run for Posada in those spots.
On the whole, the Yankees took most of the players that one would expect. Albaladejo, Bruney and Ohlendorf will need to pitch well, from day one, and keep it up, to stick around – after we know which of the two survive Pettitte’s return. In any event, the bullpen does not look terrible.
The big trick is the starting rotation – as, for the most part, they did not have the greatest spring training in history (as a group). It’s old news, but, as the starters go, so will this team.