The New York Yankees open their 2012 regular-season schedule April 6 in Tampa vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. Between now and then there are not many roster decisions remaining to be made. In truth, there never were many to be made right from the beginning.
Still, there are 29 players remaining on the active roster as of Wednesday morning. So, let’s look at how the Opening Day roster will likely break down.
The Yankees have not officially announced it yet, but it would be a stunner if Hughes were sent to the bullpen and Freddy Garcia was left in the rotation. Things will get really interesting when Andy Pettitte is ready to rejoin the team a month or so after the season begins.
Rapada has earned the final bullpen spot with 8.1 shutout innings over nine spring appearances.
Austin Romine had an outside shot at unseating Cervelli for the backup job, but a back injury sidelined him and he never got any spring at-bats.
This has been etched in stone since the beginning. Only an injury would change it.
Injuries to Swisher and Granderson are cause for concern. Ibanez has had an awful spring, and is likely on a short leash as the left-handed hitting designated hitter.