Yankees Recap: Scott Baker struggles mightily, Didi Gregorius hurt


When the New York Yankees signed veteran Scott Baker to a minor league deal, they hoped he would battle for some action, whether in the rotation or long relief.  After being hit hard Saturday afternoon versus the Baltimore Orioles, it looks unlikely.

Baker pitched two innings, allowing five runs on five hits, including a three-run home run by Alejandro De Aza.  The poor outing inflated his spring ERA to 7.84.  Baker, who was once considered a long shot to break camp with the big league club, probably has pitched his way out of any such opportunity.  Girardi probably wanted to see what Baker could offer, and he did not deliver. 

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Following a game which saw the Yankees get 10 runs on 15 hits in just five 2/3 innings, the offense also struggled Saturday, as they were only able to muster two runs on three hits.  Carlos Beltran had a first inning single, and the Yankees were without a hit until the fifth, when Stephen Drew, who had three hits Friday, hit a line drive home run that was barely high enough to clear the right field fence.

Two innings later, Alex Rodriguez hit a rocket over the left field wall.  The swing was one of Rodriguez’ better swings of the spring, as he absolutely crushed the first pitch fastball of Brian Matusz, for his third home run of the spring.

Dellin Betances pitching struggles continued, as he allowed yet another run, and his velocity was once again absent.  While I think it is too early to worry, Betances spring ERA now sits at 7.11, and he has not shown improvement as the spring has progressed.

Jacob Lindgren also allowed a run, while Justin Wilson allowed two.  Both of the lefties had not allowed a run all spring to this point.  Nick Rumbelow allowed a ninth inning home run to Jimmy Paredes, which was the final run in a 10-2 defeat where the Yankees were outplayed all game long.

The injury bug also struck Saturday, as Didi Gregorius injured his wrist.  Gregorius had X-Rays which came back negative, and is expected to play Wednesday.  If Gregorius’ injury is too serious, the plan is to use Brendan Ryan at shortstop, and leave Drew at second base.

Next: Can Didi Gregorius and Stephen Drew duo be a strength?

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