Via Kat O’Brien today -
Joe Girardi said before the game that he wants to have the centerfield job settled by Sunday or Monday. It would seem likely that guy will be Brett Gardner, but as I am writing for tomorrow’s paper, both Gardner and Melky Cabrera are having good springs. Girardi also said that he expects both Gardner and Cabrera to make the team.
One decision likely to be finalized after tomorrow’s game is that of the long reliever. Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves and Dan Giese are splitting that game, with each of them slated to pitch three innings. The Yankees plan to start the season with 12 pitchers. Girardi doesn’t believe they need three catchers, as he has seen enough out of Jorge Posada to think he can catch regularly.
I fully expect Brett Gardner to be the starter in center. And, it would not shock me to see Brett Tomko get the nod for the long-man spot. And, if he does, it would not shock me to see him off the team before June 1st.