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The Coaches Speak: Girardi has stated that Vidal Nuno will likely start the third Spring Training game after David Phelps and Adam Warren. Triple-A hitting coach, Butch Wynegar has been impressed by Ramon Flores and has nicknamed him Bobby, as in Bobby Abreu, because of his hitting ability. He also thinks that first baseman Kyle Roller has a very mature approach to hitting.
WBC Updates: There are now more Yankee players entering the World Baseball Classic. Mark Teixeira will represent Team USA, Robinson Cano, Juan Cedeno, and Melky Mesa will all join the Dominican Republic, Gil Velazquez and Walter Ibarra will play for Mexico, and Pat Venditte, who is not in big league camp, will play for Italy. The switch-pitching Yankee prospect recently had shoulder surgery on his right shoulder so he is only cleared to pitch left handed.
Opportunities: Since several players are leaving camp for the World Baseball Classic, the remaining players will get more playing time while they are gone. Dan Johnson can prove that he can hit righties as well as lefties, Corban Joseph can prove that he is reliable, despite the lack of experience, Addison Maruszak could make a good impression to become a Triple-A regular, Francisco Rondon can prove that he's worth a 40-man roster spot, Adonis Garcia can prove that he is a legitimate prospect, especially when he's already 27 years old.
Joseph Might Have a Job: Yankee second base prospect, Corban Joseph talked about his increased power at Triple-A in 2012 and he believes it was more than a fluke season. However, he is much prouder of the fact that he became more selective at the plate, having increased his walk rate and decreased his strikeout rate. He believes that his increased selectivity has contributed to his increased power potential. Joseph is also taking reps at third base in order to gauge his abilities for a possible utility infielder role.
Jorge in the House: Jorge Posada has arrived at Spring Training to begin his stint as a special instructor. He will be focusing on catching with the likes of Austin Romine and Francisco Cervelli. Posada said that his invitation came right from the top: Hall Steinbrenner. Posada has no plans to make a comeback like his longtime teammate, Andy Pettitte. He offered some words on Derek Jeter's rehabilitation, saying that it's a good sign he isn't taping up his ankle.
Bullpen Sessions: Mariano Rivera threw live BP for the first time since, throwing to Rob Segedin and Kyle Roller. Rivera felt he needed to see how batters reacted to his pitches. His knee felt fine and his cutter was sharp, but that was never a concern. The real concern for Rivera is how his knee will hold up while fielding his position. Mark Montgomery threw a 25 pitch bullpen, throwing all his pitches and everything went well. His back hasn't bothered him at all so he'll play catch on Saturday and face hitters on Sunday. Michael Pineda threw 25 fastballs off a mound and next time will throw 30, while also mixing in change ups. He says his shoulder feels fine and he no longer worries about it when he pitches. CC Sabathia also threw his third bullpen, ramping up to 40 pitches and everything felt good.
Game Roster: The travel roster for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves has been announced. The list of players includes Mark Teixeira, Eduardo Nunez, David Phelps, Melky Mesa, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera, and Dan Johnson.