Killer B comeback?

March, 8, 2014
Mar 8
KISSIMEE, Fla. -- Next up, on the Yankees' young pitching redemption tour -- Manny Banuelos.

Banuelos, who turns 23 next week, will pitch in relief after Ivan Nova.

“We believe he has a high ceiling,” Joe Girardi said of Banuelos, who last pitched in May 2012 and has since undergone Tommy John surgery. “If he were to help us this year, I can’t say how that will be. We are going to look at everything that gives us the best 12-man pitching staff.”

Check back later today as I plan to have a longer post about the possible rejuvenation of the Yankees' young pitchers.

MORE PINEDA: Michael Pineda looked very impressive Friday, striking out Miguel Cabrera and throwing in the low-90s. What did pitching coach Larry Rothschild think?

"He had a good breaking ball," Rothschild said. "He had some power in his arm. That is a good combination. It is a good step in the right direction."

TEX TEST: Mark Teixeira will start his second exhibition game. ... Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday. He said he thinks it will be a good learning experience, because he has never pitched in one before. Tanaka will make his next exhibition start at Steinbrenner Field on Sunday, March 16.

NOTES: Girardi said there is no real concern with Brendan Ryan, who the manager said had a little ache in his side. An MRI was negative. ... Asked to highlight a couple of pitchers who have caught his eye, Girardi mentioned Dellin Betances and lefty Fred Lewis. Betances would be a one- or two-inning guy, if he were to make the team. The 6-foot-8 Betances, who turns 26 in two weeks, has options. By the way, he is as nice a guy as he is big.

LINEUP: The game, against the Astros, is on MLB Network. Here is the lineup:

Brett Gardner, CF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Teixeira, 1B
Kelly Johnson, DH
Francisco Cervelli, C
Dean Anna, SS
Scott Sizemore, 3B
Zoilo Almonte, LF
Mason Williams, RF

Nova, P
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
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