Notes: Eppley, Warren round out roster
March, 30, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Relievers Cody Eppley and Adam Warren are the final two players to make the Yankees' Opening Day roster, manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday.
Eppley pitched in 59 games for the Yankees last year, going 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA. Warren, who likely wouldn't have made the roster if Phil Hughes wasn't going to start the season on the disabled list, started one game last year and gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
With the moves, the Yankees roster looks like this:
Catchers (2): Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart
Infielders (5): Lyle Overbay, Robinson Cano, Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix
Outfielders (5): Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells, Ben Francisco, Brennan Boesch
Designated hitter (1): Travis Hafner
Pitchers (12): CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, David Phelps, Ivan Nova, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, Eppley, Warren
The Yankees don't have to officially set their roster until 3 p.m. Sunday. GM Brian Cashman said Saturday he wouldn't make the moves until he officially had to, referencing how he hadn't made the proper move for first baseman Overbay.
HAFNER SCRATCHED: Designated hitter Hafner was a late scratch with "stiffness" and replaced in the lineup by Boesch, who hit a two-run homer as the Yankees defeated Army, 10-5, in their final exhibition game before Monday's opener. Girardi said that Hafner is fine and if Boston was going to start a right-hander on Monday instead of southpaw Jon Lester, Hafner would be in the lineup.
"He just wasn't able to do his normal routine, his normal cage stuff. Nothing to be concerned about," Girardi said. "He spends a lot of time getting loose every day and doing his routine, getting in the hot tub and taking his time in the cage and running around. We didn't have time to do that today."
TEX UPDATE: First baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist) ran and did some rehab on Saturday, but did not take any grounders or hitting. He'll do those type of activities Monday, which is also the day of his next doctor's appointment. Teixeira will begin the season on the DL and still hopes for a May return.
"I hope [the doctors are] going to tell me I can take this off and start strengthening it," Teixeira said of the cast on his right wrist. "I've been trying to do as much as I can. I'm not allowed to do too much, but trying to push it as much as I can to get it stronger. But once this comes off then you can start doing a lot more and hopefully that's what I'll be told on Monday."
A GIFT FOR MO: Rivera received a gift from a senior cadet from Panama, Mario Cortizo, during the tour. Rivera came away very impressed with the United States Military Academy.
"Amazing. A beautiful place. Everything is first class," Rivera said. "Well taught. Well prepared. Well everything."
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