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April 4, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Wally Matthews

Wallace Matthews
  (12:55 PM)

Welcome to the final Yankees chat of spring training. When next we do this, five real baseball games will have been played, believe it or not. Right now I'm sitting in the pressbox at The Boss for the last time this spring, watching the Mets lead the Yankees, 3-0 on a HR by guess who? -- Ike Davis. we'll get underway in five minutes

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Which Yankees Players will be either Cut or Sent to the Minors after this Afternoon's Game against the New York Mets?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:01 PM)

That would have been an easy one to answer before boone Logan went for an MRI on his back this morning. Now, pending an announcement, they Yankees might have to take one more pitcher than they planned to if Logan goes on the DL.

Fred (Tampa)

Since the Yankees moved to Tampa for their spring training I have not seen or read where Whitey Ford attended as an instructor. Any idea as to why not?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:02 PM)

Don;t why in the past but being 83 might have something to do with it now

Person who will Wang Chung tonight (Washington, DC)

What is your boldest prediction for a member of the Yankees this year? Most surprising player and most disappointing?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:03 PM)

Andrew marchand and myself are doing precisely that column tomorrow on the website but I'll tell you I expect pleasant surprises out of Eduardo Nunez -- really -- and fear that either Michael Pineda or Ivan Nova might not perform as well as expected

Fred (Tampa)

Will the Yankees workout or have any simulated games tomorrow? If so, where? The Boss or on HImes?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:04 PM)

The Yankees will work out at The Trop tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Not open to the public

Amanda (Sullivan County, NY)

What do you think the next month entails for Michael Pineda? From what reporters are saying, he was throwing differently in ST because of the pain in his shoulder...is he going to need more time to practice throwing the correct way before going to the minors?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:05 PM)

Actually, Pineda continues to say he felt no pain until the third inning of Friday's game, so I don;t think there was any reason to think he was throwing differently this spring until then. He did work more on his changeup this spring. Speaking to Pineda today, so far the plan is just for him to rest and no timetable has been set up for him to resume throwing yet

Matt (DC)

Hi Wally, out of Warren, Mitchell, and Phelps, who has impressed you, if any?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:06 PM)

I've liked both Mitchell and Phelps a little more than Warren. and I know you didn;t ask about him but I was impressed by Cesar Cabral before he got hurt

Amanda (Sullivan County, NY)

Who will be the main lefty in the bullpen? Boone Logan is said to be getting an MRI...

Wallace Matthews
  (1:08 PM)

We don;t know the result of the MRI yet or if Logan will need to be DL-ed, but it is safe to assume that if Logan is down, Clay rapada will take over that job since he appeared about to be named the second lefty in the pen anyway

Mark D. (Yonkers, NY)

With the talk of all the Yankees prospects, don't you feel that someone that is going to fly under the radar is Brett Marshall. After last season his velocity has dipped from the mid 90s, to settling in the low 90s. With the way that pitchers lose velocity for an extended period and a few years being removed from TJ surgery, I feel he could be a prospect that could be an impact player for the Yankees in the foreseeable future.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:10 PM)

Marshall certainly is flying below the radar when all anyone ever talks about are the two remaining Killer Bs and Warren/Phelps/Mitchell. Still, I think it is a bit too early to predict stardom for marhsall, although the success rate for pitchers after TJS is high

Amanda (Sullivan County, NY)

If Raul Ibanez's bat doesn't awaken...do you see the Yankees making Andruw Jones the full time DH (on non aging stars need a day off days)

Wallace Matthews
  (1:12 PM)

It's possible, although that could be the reason why they extended Russell Branyan's deal -- he had an out on april 1 -- and are said the be pursuing Jack Cust, both lefty bats who might be pressed into service if Ibanez fails. But the Yankees don;t expect Ibanez to fail; in fact, they're gambling that he won't, since right now they have no viable LH backup

Greg (Long Island)

How has Banuelos looked in AAA?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:12 PM)

season hasn;t started yet

Matt (DC)

Do you see Girardi sitting/dh-ing Jeter more with Nunez at short? Jeter looked much better the second half last year when he was rested

Wallace Matthews
  (1:13 PM)

I think that is the plan for both Jeter and a-Rod, and I think we could see more of Nunez at both positions. Agreed, 38 year old players do better with more rest. 37 year olds, too

Rob (NY)

Daunte Bichette Jr. Did the Yankees get a steal in the 2011 draft with him or is he a future role player? How about Mason Williams and the type of player he could become?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:15 PM)

Too early to say but from scouting reports i;ve read, he's considered a power bat who is somewhat limited in other areas. Mason Williams, on the other hand, is a guy the Yankees rave about not only on th efield but off. One guy told me he reminds him of Jeter at the same age, which is pretty high praise

Bartolo (Oakland)

Did you see my first start? I bet the Yankees wish I was still in those slimming pinstripes.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:16 PM)

you look good in green. Like a big bunch of grapes

El Jefe (Tampa)

What role does Felix Lopez play within the organization? Any chance he takes a bigger role now that Hank has disappeared?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:18 PM)

He plays First Husband. and replace Hank as what? Fredo Steinbrenner? Right now, he's Carlo and that's good enough

Brendan (Boston via LI)

What are your expectations of the Yanks' starting rotation this year? For see any problems with Nova/Hughes? Will Sabbathia still be a reliable ace? How will Pettite and Kuruda impact the team?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:20 PM)

I don;t "foresee" problems with Nova, but I do see parallels between his bad spring following a good season and Hughes bad spring followig a good season a year ago. I wrote a column about it today. CC has never been anything but a reliable ace so I see no reason why he shouldn;t be one this year. Kuroda will be steady but unspectacular, I think. Pettitte is the wild card and I look forward to seeing him work today

Chris (MA)

Wally, why didn't they at least try A Rod 3rd and Robbie 4th? A Rod better pitches to hit w speed on the bases and protection behind him. And they'd split up the lefties.

Wallace Matthews
  (1:22 PM)

I agreed with you and wrote about this several times this spring, but for some reason Girardi stil sees ARod as the No. 4 hitter and ARod still sees himself that wa. Maybe later in the season

Jen (New York)

Call me crazy, I am worried too about Pineda but let's not forget about the "throw in" we got in Jose Campos. That might be the steal of this whole Pindea-Montero swap yes?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:25 PM)

I wouldn;t call you crazy even if I thought so, but even though the Yankees are high on Campos I think it's too early to start calling this the Montero-for-Campos deal

austin (dc)

with pineda's injury and low velocity along with nova's struggles this spring. are the yankees starting to worry about their pitching depth?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:26 PM)

Not publicly, biut obviously this is why I never heard the mgr or GM say they had too much pitching

Adam (North NJ)

Can you see the yankees making any moves at the deadline?

Wallace Matthews
  (1:28 PM)

If I could see into the future I'd be making my living at the racetrack but I can guarantee you that if the Yankees need something in late July, they will go and get it

Wallace Matthews
  (1:29 PM)

Thanks everyone. see you in the regular season