TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees will be leaving their spring training camp after Saturday afternoon's finale against the Miami Marlins. Well, with two exceptions.
Both Eduardo Nunez and Yangervis Solarte, the two candidates vying for the remaining backup infield spot -- Dean Anna was informed earlier Friday that he had made the team -- were summoned to a meeting with manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and third-base coach Rob Thomson right after the Yankees beat the Marlins 3-0 Friday night at The Boss.
Both young men were told to come to the park Saturday morning but to not bring any bags, because they wouldn't be leaving on the team charter to Houston on Saturday night.
"It’s kind of weird, you know?" a clearly befuddled and perturbed Nunez said. "The last day of spring training and you don’t know where you’re going. It's hard, you know?"
Solarte, who speaks no English, told Marly Rivera of ESPNDeportes in Spanish that he would learn his fate "by Tuesday," which is the day of the Yankees regular-season opener.
"We'll call you," Solarte said he was told.
Presumably, both men will be left behind to play in minor league or intrasquad games while the team decides what to do with the final roster spot.
"We've got to figure out what we're going to do," Girardi said.
The delay fueled speculation that the Yankees were trying to trade Nunez or Solarte.
"I don’t know what’s going on," Nunez said. "They tell me don't pack, I don't pack."
Solarte has been the offensive hit of training camp, batting .429 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He has also shown versatility in the field, playing several infield positions, as well as left field. He had a single in his only at-bat tonight. Nunez, who came in as a pinch runner and scored a run, is hitting .265 this spring. It probably did not help his chances that he made an error at second base in the ninth inning Friday.
"I never been in this situation before," the normally mild-mannered Nunez said. "What a f---ing life."