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Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer off Mario Hollands in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Yankees came back to tie the Phillies 5-5.

The 6-foot-7 Judge, a 2013 first-round pick, rates as the Yankees' top position prospect with his big-time power potential. He's set to open this year in Double-A and he probably won't reach the majors before 2016, but he could start getting Yankees fans excited with a couple of more bombs this spring.
Mar 3 - 5:38 PM

Adam Warren drew the start versus the Phillies on Tuesday and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

Warren isn't hopeless as a starter, but all indications are that he'll return to the pen this year and battle David Carpenter for seventh-inning duties. He had a 2.97 ERA in 78 2/3 innings as a reliever last season.
Mar 3 - 5:35 PM

Yankees prospect Luis Torrens needs season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Torrens missed the final two months of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury and an offseason of rehab didn't yield enough improvement. The 18-year-old catcher owns a .249/.338/.347 batting line in 109 professional games -- half of them in rookie ball. He's a decent prospect because of his defense, but the kid will now miss an entire spring and summer of potential offensive development.
Mar 3 - 5:08 PM

Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that the team is still gathering information regarding a shoulder injury to prospect catcher Luis Torrens.

Some reports have suggested that Torrens could miss the entire 2015 season, but Eppler isn't ready to go that far yet. The 18-year-old missed two months last season with a shoulder issue. He's very young, but a significant absence would be a tough blow for his development. Torrens owns a .249/.338/.347 batting line over his first 109 games in pro ball and has thrown out 41 percent of attempted basestealers. He was recently ranked as the organization's No. 9 prospect by Baseball America.
Mar 2 - 5:13 PM

Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013.
Mar 2 - 4:54 PM

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a groundout and flyout in Monday's intrasquad game.

It was against a pitching machine, not a live thrower. A-Rod served as the designated hitter, which is where he'll get the majority of his playing time this season. He's expected to take some reps at first base this spring in the Grapefruit League.
Mar 2 - 1:33 PM

Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015.
Mar 2 - 11:08 AM

Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup.
Feb 28 - 12:19 PM

Brendan Ryan will miss five days on on-field activities after suffering a mid-back sprain while lifting weights.

It doesn't seem like a major concern at this point, though it's worth noting that Ryan had back issues last spring, as well, before missing the first five weeks of the season. Ryan is slated to back up at shortstop in 2015.
Feb 27 - 12:14 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday morning in Yankees camp.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the ball was coming out of Tanaka's hand well and that he's pleased with the right-hander's progress since last year's diagnosis of a partially-torn elbow ligament. Tanaka has been able to avoid Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery with a successful rehab plan, but he remains a risky fantasy bet for the 2015 season.
Feb 26 - 9:57 AM

A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx.
Feb 25 - 6:10 PM

Mark Teixeira said Wednesday that he put on 13 pounds of muscle during the offseason.

Teixeira, who turns 35 in April, also trimmed his body fat by five percent of the winter. He got there by hiring a new trainer and going a gluten-free diet. The veteran first baseman is determined to rebound after hitting just .216 with 22 home runs and a .711 OPS last season.
Feb 25 - 11:10 AM

Ivan Nova (elbow) threw his third bullpen session of spring training on Tuesday.

"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." Nova will begin the season in extended spring training and isn't expected to be part of the Yankees' rotation until around midseason.
Feb 24 - 7:30 PM

Andrew Bailey (shoulder) has been throwing at the Yankees' spring training complex for almost a month and is scheduled to face hitters soon.

Bailey missed all of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, but he insists he's healthy now and hopes to crack the Opening Day bullpen. "Everything feels great," Bailey said. "I'm with the team and doing everything as I would normally and if I need a little extra work here or there, that's fine, too. I'm here to compete and earn a spot." It's not terribly likely that the two-time All-Star regains all his stuff, but if he's even close he could be a nice piece in the New York 'pen.
Feb 24 - 7:25 PM

Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter.
Feb 23 - 1:03 PM

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