Just as Tony Franklin alluded to yesterday, Tyler Austin's ankle tweak will keep him out at least for today's action. I wouldn't worry too much, though. Austin himself believed he could play to day if asked, and the trainer agreed.
This is just the Yankees being very cautious (as they should be) with a very important part of their farm system in spring training. He was OK enough to take batting practice this morning, and his ankle didn't look to be wrapped.
Franklin also indicated that he believed Austin would be ready for the regular season when camp breaks in a few days.
- In other news, reliever Shawn Kelley will come across the street and start for the Trenton group against Phillies farmhands I suppose that's retaliation for the Phillies starting Chad Durbin on Monday. (sarcasm). Dan Johnson also will get a few at-bats with the Scranton group, and Juan Cedeno will throw an inning for them before giving way to Dellin Betances in the second.
Zach Nuding and Shaeffer Hall will follow Kelley for the Trenton group. Based on how he's been used this spring, it seems pretty clear that Hall his becoming a reliever. Either that, or whichever team he winds up with will have some serious stretching out to do once the season starts.
- The New York Post's George King reported this morning that the Yankees will send two players not on the 40-man roster to the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells deal. I suppose we'll find out their identities this afternoon once Wells passes his physical.