Besides the fact that the Yankees haven’t actually played a game in two days, pitching coach Dave Eiland tells us that it’s still way too early to name a front-runner to be the club’s fifth starter:
“I don’t think anyone has pulled ahead,” pitching coach Dave Eiland
said. “Ace has thrown the ball extremely well, but as of right now, if
we had to pick, we really couldn’t pick one. They haven’t been out there
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.
Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.