It's not even 1:00, and it's already been a crazy day in Thunder land. The team released its official Opening Day roster a few minutes ago, and there a few very notable changes.
1. Craig Heyer, Monday's tentative starter, was not listed.
2. Neither was utility infielder Yadil Mujica.
3. Catcher Gustavo Molina was added to the roster.
4. Catcher Jeff Farnham was placed on the disabled list.
Heyer and Mujica, per the team and Yankees player development boss Mark Newman, were bumped to Scranton.* Presumably, Mujica was moved to accommodate the Triple-A Yankees in case one or more of the team's regularly scheduled infielders didn't arrive in Lehigh Valley in time. Similarly, Heyer is most likely there in case Manny Delcarmen, tonight's SWB starter**, struggles.
Newman was unsure who would make the start for Trenton on Monday when the team opens its second series of the year, against Portland. He didn't rule out Heyer still getting the ball, but Cory Arbiso seems a likely candidate.
I know what you all are thinking, but it seems way too early for Andy Pettitte, after pitching an inning yesterday, to get the start. Plus, as Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reported this morning, the Yankees seem to have him slated to stay in Tampa, be it in the Florida State League or in extended spring training, for the foreseeable future.
Molina is the only really curious move here. Francisco Cervelli's demotion to Scranton made him unnecessary for now, but not necessarily long-term. If Chris Stewart, the Yankees' new backup, were to go down, for example, it would make sense that Cervelli would head up to New York and Molina would move back to Triple-A.
I always expected Farnham to wind up on the paper disabled list. I just didn't expect another catcher to be added in his place. C'est la vie, I guess, especially in the bush leagues.
*I know, they're the Empire State Yankees this year. I will still be referring to them as Scranton.
** The last time Manny Delcarmen was Aug. 27, 2004, when he was with the High-A Sarasota Red Sox. One of his rotation-mates that year was Juan Cedeno, the same Juan Cedeno who is in this year's SWB bullpen. Pretty darn amazing, if you ask me.