Well, in our last two part article, I made my predictions (just a few days before the start of the season) about the Yankees’ opening day roster and their performance in the 2015 season.
Wouldn’t you know that there would be an injury that would change quite a few things before we even got to that first game!
Brendan Ryan who I had tagged as the most probable opening day shortstop, as first-choice Didi Gregorious is coming back from an injury, pulled up with a right calf strain during the game against the Rays on the 1st of April.
He seems certain to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
The Yankees went into immediate action assigning Stephen Drew who has not played at shortstop all Spring to get a game in at that position. At the same time, they brought in Gregorio Petit from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations.
Petit had been batting .310 for Houston with 2 doubles in 18 games. He debuted for the Yankees in the split-squad game against Pittsburgh and went 0 for 2.
Last season, he made his major league debut and batted .278 after being called up by Houston in July. He had 8 doubles and 2 home runs in 97 at-bats.
Petit has not yet been added to the roster but with a question mark over Gregorious’ fitness and with 2nd baseman Jose Pirela injured and not taking part in any baseball activities since March 22nd, he has a good chance. Another candidate, Rob Refsnyder, who is a major prospect for the Yankees, and a non-roster invitee to camp has been re-assigned to the minors.
The Yankees made one other decision – and again this makes my prediction a wrong one – as they chose Chris Martin over Chase Whitley for one of their bullpen slots. Other matters for the bullpen look to be as I suggested.
This leaves one final matter to be addressed (aside from the infield one) and that is the name of the backup catcher with both Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy seemingly still in the picture.