The Yankees gave Robinson Cano’s old number to Scott Sizemore


The Yankees didn’t wait long to turn the page on Robinson Cano. As Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News points out, his old No. 24 has a new owner:

Sizemore, a non-roster invitee after missing most of the past two seasons with ACL injuries, has a legitimate chance to make the Opening Day roster given the questions in New York’s infield. He previously wore No. 29 with the Athletics, but Francisco Cervelli has that number with the Yankees.

If Sizemore makes the team, he’ll be the first player since Cano to wear No. 24 for the Yankees since Sidney Ponson in 2006. I know what you’re thinking: how was it not retired in the first place? For shame, Yankees. For shame.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.