Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain

Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan has been diagnosed with a mid-back strain, and he is expected to miss about five days of on-field activity.

Ryan sustained the injury while lifting weights before the start of Spring Training. He saw Dr. Daniel Murphy on Thursday in Tampa and underwent a precautionary MRI, which revealed the strain.

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Yankees see positive results as Tanaka builds stamina

Righty feels 'on the right track' after bullpen session; schedule could be tweaked

Yankees see positive results as Tanaka builds stamina

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees have been pleased with Masahiro Tanaka's progress through his first bullpen sessions of the spring, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said on Thursday.

Tanaka increased his workload to 40 pitches in a morning bullpen session at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and he has not hesitated to show off his full arsenal, including splitters.

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A-Rod participates in Yankees' first full workout

A-Rod participates in Yankees' first full workout

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez said that he felt "like I'm a rookie all over again" as he slipped the pinstripes for the first time in more than a year Thursday, taking batting practice and fielding drills with his Yankees teammates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Rodriguez took 32 swings, smacking three home runs, and heard nothing but encouragement from a small crowd that assembled under overcast skies for the Yankees' first full-squad workout of the spring. Rodriguez said that he felt nervous before pulling on that familiar No. 13 jersey.

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Girardi, Yankees adjusting to life without Jeter

Manager calls it 'strange' not to see shortstop on field at spring camp

Girardi, Yankees adjusting to life without Jeter

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Yankees went through their drills Thursday, Joe Girardi wandered around the lip of the outfield grass, exchanging pleasantries with the infielders. When he reached the shortstop position, he had to remember why Derek Jeter was absent.

"You get used to seeing guys out there on the field, it's a little abnormal when they're not out there," Girardi said. "It was a little strange not seeing Derek out there today. We looked and we were doing the mass infield and he wasn't there. It was kind of strange to me."

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Ellsbury: Yankees have 'chip on their shoulder' after '14 finish

Entering second season in Bronx, center fielder feeling great following ankle issue

Ellsbury: Yankees have 'chip on their shoulder' after '14 finish

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury said that there is a comfort level as he prepares for his second Spring Training with the Yankees, and senses that his teammates are "definitely motivated" to improve upon last year's second-place finish in the American League East.

"They worked hard, seeing them in the clubhouse, and obviously you can tell they put on some strength from their size," Ellsbury said. "I think guys have a chip on their shoulder and want to go out there and perform at the highest level."

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Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire

Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling.

While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime radio play-by-play man, barely had a moment to himself.

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Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism

Yankees GM hopeful roster of veterans, young players mesh into title contender

Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism

TAMPA, Fla. -- After Brian Cashman watched the full squad of Yankees players assemble Thursday, the veteran general manager referred to his roster as a "potpourri" of bounce-back candidates and young newcomers, voicing hope that they will fit together for a run at a championship.

"I know this year is different, I guess, because we have some youth involved now, too -- but it marks the baseball season," Cashman said. "It's true of every camp.

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5 players we'd like to see Mariano Rivera face

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5 players we'd like to see Mariano Rivera face

Mariano Rivera retired in 2013. He's the all-time leader in games finished (952), saves (652) and ERA+ (205). He finished his final season in top form (at the age of 43!) with 44 saves and 2.11 ERA. He was as dominant as dominant gets. 

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Hal Steinbrenner shares thoughts, hopes for Yankees

Hal Steinbrenner shares thoughts, hopes for Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. -- Hal Steinbrenner discussed the Yankees' payroll expenditures and their decision not to further pursue Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, who accepted a $31.5 million bonus from the Red Sox, in an interview with the New York Post that was published on Thursday.

Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner, told the newspaper that his team offered Moncada a $12.5 million bonus through most of the negotiation process. They doubled that to $25 million this past weekend, which, combined with a 100-percent penalty, would have brought the Yanks' investment to $50 million.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees to evaluate A-Rod as backup first baseman

Along with DH duties, club to try out veteran at infield corners in bid to maximize at-bats

Yankees to evaluate A-Rod as backup first baseman

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez cannot remember ever taking a ground ball at first base, but that is about to change, manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday.

Girardi and Rodriguez spoke on Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, going over their objectives for the spring. Though the Yankees are looking to the 39-year-old Rodriguez more as a designated hitter, they are curious to try him as a backup at the infield corners.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Center of attention: Rivera in Yankees' camp

All-time saves leader shagging flies and in uniform as special guest instructor

Center of attention: Rivera in Yankees' camp

TAMPA, Fla. -- The all-time saves leader still loves to chase down those batting-practice fly balls in center field. Mariano Rivera looked right at home on Wednesday, slipping on his old No. 42 uniform and reporting to Yankees camp as a special guest instructor.

This is the second consecutive spring in the coaches' room for Rivera, who retired after of the 2013 season. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects Rivera to remain in camp for nine or 10 days.

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Teixeira hopes 'no fun' diet leads to lots of fun in season

Yankees slugger cuts fat, adds muscle and looks forward to getting back to what he does best

Teixeira hopes 'no fun' diet leads to lots of fun in season

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira said goodbye to his beloved morning muffins and pancake breakfasts, and combined with a full winter of training, those sacrifices could bring him back to form as a power-hitting force in the heart of the Yankees' lineup.

Teixeira said that he trimmed 15 pounds of fat and gained 13 pounds of muscle by hiring a new trainer and adhering to what he called a "no fun" diet that nixed gluten, dairy and sugar from his plate, intended to cut down on the amount of inflammation in his body.

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Pentland establishes early rapport with A-Rod

New Yanks hitting coach speaks with Rodriguez before camp, ready to work with all hitters

Pentland establishes early rapport with A-Rod

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jeff Pentland recalls watching from the stands as Alex Rodriguez made noise as a teenage phenom in the instructional league two decades ago. The new Yankees hitting coach expects to discover that there is still some of that lightning left.

Pentland was scouting for the Marlins in the early 1990s, when Rodriguez was grabbing headlines as the next big thing rocketing through the Mariners' system. Though they have never worked together, Pentland said that he has admired Rodriguez's career from afar.

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Ryan hopes for larger role in Yankees' infield

Defensive dynamo seeks more at-bats against left-handers in 2015

Ryan hopes for larger role in Yankees' infield

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brendan Ryan knows what the back of his baseball card has looked like for the last few seasons, but the Yankees infielder believes that he can be counted on for more than just a good glove.

"My average was terrible, but I felt like I hit the ball way better than my average showed," said Ryan, who batted .167 in 114 at-bats last year. "I just didn't have much love. When you don't have a whole lot of love with few at-bats, things get blown out of proportion. I think I did some things well last year."

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Bernie Pleskoff

On the Cusp: New York Yankees

On the Cusp: New York Yankees

In this series, Bernie Pleskoff takes a team-by-team look at which top prospects are poised to make a contribution at the big league level in 2015.

After a fairly quiet offseason, the Yankees appear to be pleased to enter the year with a new shortstop in Didi Gregorius and a potentially new designated hitter in Garrett Jones. Lefty Andrew Miller comes over from Baltimore as a free agent to help bolster the bullpen. The pitching staff will be counting on the return to health of pitchers like CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, and Masahiro Tanaka.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Proof that MLB Spring Training is unstuck in time

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Proof that MLB Spring Training is unstuck in time

If you check the calendar on your mobile device, it will surely tell you that it is currently 2015. But in Arizona and Florida -- where MLB teams have reported for Spring Training -- it appears that players, coaches and managers have become trapped in a tangent reality parallel to years past.

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Bailey hoping to make Yankees' investment pay off

Bailey hoping to make Yankees' investment pay off

Tampa, Fla. -- The Yankees have preached patience with Andrew Bailey, hoping that the former All-Star closer will be able to take advantage of their facilities and pay big dividends down the line. That time may be quickly approaching.

Bailey has been throwing at the Yankees' complex for nearly a month and will soon advance to facing live hitters. Nearly all the way back from July 2013 surgery to repair a torn labrum and shoulder capsule, Bailey believes he can crack the team's Opening Day roster.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod works out at camp, chats with Headley

Rodriguez fields grounders at third, says he needs to be patient

A-Rod works out at camp, chats with Headley

TAMPA, Fla. -- There is still enough power in Alex Rodriguez's swing to punish batting-practice fastballs, and as the slugger begins the push toward big league action, he is continuing to enjoy being back on the diamond.

Rodriguez worked out for a second consecutive afternoon at the Yankees' Minor League complex on Tuesday, slugging five home run-distance shots from the cage while taking ground balls alongside third baseman Chase Headley.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nova able to pace himself at Yankees' camp

Righty working way back from Tommy John, expects to rejoin club in May or June

Nova able to pace himself at Yankees' camp

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova refuses to look too far ahead, resisting the urge thus far to peek at the schedule and circle some summer dates. As he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery, the Yankees' right-hander has been absorbing his plans one week at a time.

"I'm just taking it day by day, and I know that a month before they think I'm going to be ready to go to the big leagues, they're going to tell me," Nova said. "So that's the time when I'm going to really prepare for that day."

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Capuano ready to earn one of Yanks' 5 spots

Coming off rewarding Japan Series, veteran lefty aiming for rotation

Capuano ready to earn one of Yanks' 5 spots

TAMPA, Fla. -- Two November weeks spent touring Japan with a team of Major League All-Stars planted a seed in Chris Capuano's mind. As he absorbed that rich culture, the veteran left-hander entertained the idea of a continental swap in his baseball future.

"The quality of baseball is great, the people I have found to be friendly. I love the food, the cities," Capuano said. "There's a lot of attractive things about it. But in the end, if you've got a good opportunity here -- especially with the New York Yankees -- that's got to come first."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran eager to get back to form in pinstripes

Veteran slugger saw numbers drop due to injuries in Yankees debut

Beltran eager to get back to form in pinstripes

TAMPA, Fla. -- Injuries kept Carlos Beltran from producing the type of numbers that he expected in his first Yankees season, and as he takes his first swings of Spring Training, the veteran slugger believes that he is coming back with something to prove.

"Every year, you have to prove yourself, there's no doubt about it," Beltran said on Monday. "I always say, it doesn't matter what type of season you have, you always have expectations. I always felt like as a player, my whole career, I've shown up with the mentality of proving myself."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees get up-close look at Miller in bullpen

Southpaw pleases Rothschild, Girardi with impressive arsenal

Yankees get up-close look at Miller in bullpen

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees got their first up-close look at Andrew Miller on Monday morning as the lefty reliever threw his first Spring Training bullpen session at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

In fact, it's hard to get a closer look than the one pitching coach Larry Rothschild did as he stood in the batter's box against Miller.

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A-Rod reports to camp, eager to compete

A-Rod reports to camp, eager to compete

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez said that he feels good physically and is focused on winning a roster spot as he arrived two days early for Spring Training on Monday, marking his first appearance in Yankees gear following a season-long suspension in 2014.

Rodriguez first reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field, where he took a physical, and then headed to the team's Minor League complex for a workout that lasted approximately an hour. Rodriguez threw, ran, took ground balls at third base and hit in the batting cage during the session.

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Yankees made 'significant offer' to Moncada

Cashman says club was intrigued by Cuban infielder, but price moved too high

Yankees made 'significant offer' to Moncada

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees made a $25 million pitch for Yoan Moncada on Sunday, but it was not enough to reach an agreement with the switch-hitting Cuban infielder.

Moncada instead landed with the rival Red Sox, who had presented him with a $31.5 million bonus. General manager Brian Cashman said that the Yankees were intrigued by the 19-year-old's talent and projection, but the price moved higher than ownership was willing to authorize.

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Mike Bauman

A-Rod a distraction? Girardi sees no reason

A-Rod a distraction? Girardi sees no reason

TAMPA, Fla. -- You have heard, read, seen speculation about how much of a "distraction" Alex Rodriguez will be to the Yankees.

Based on events Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field and the surrounding area, it appears that A-Rod could be much more of a "distraction" to the media than to the other members of the Yankees organization.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No discomfort for Tanaka after second 'pen session

Yankees right-hander mixes in breaking balls in 35-pitch outing

No discomfort for Tanaka after second 'pen session

TAMPA, Fla. -- There are plenty of eyes fixed upon Masahiro Tanaka with each windup, watching his face cautiously for any hint of a grimace. Thus far, there has been no reason for the Yankees to be concerned.

Tanaka threw his second bullpen session of the spring on Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, firing 35 pitches to catcher Austin Romine. He said that he felt "absolutely good," with no discomfort.

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Girardi: Yankees could potentially use co-closers

Betances, Miller may handle pitching duties based on matchups

Girardi: Yankees could potentially use co-closers

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees would prefer to have a set closer by the end of Spring Training, but manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday that he could see a scenario where Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller wind up sharing the job.

"I'm sure we'll have a lot of meetings about that," Girardi said. "We'll decide what's best. We want to see how they're both throwing the baseball at the end of Spring Training. There will be just a lot of discussion of how we feel our team is built. Could they be interchangeable? Yeah."

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Developing secondary pitches is Eovaldi's spring goal

'Sky is the limit' with Yankees for high-potential right-hander

Developing secondary pitches is Eovaldi's spring goal

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nathan Eovaldi's fastball sizzled as advertised on Sunday, missing bats in a simulated game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The first-year Yankee hopes that his electric stuff will translate into strikeouts against the tough lineups of the American League East.

Eovaldi popped the catcher's glove in a 25-pitch morning session that was closely tracked by manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild, among others. Eovaldi's goal this spring is to complement that high-octane heater by fine-tuning his splitter, slider and changeup.

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