Tuesday's Spring Training action featured plenty of notable storylines with Eric Hosmer making his Padres debut, Jose Pujols returning to his familiar position and another home run from Yankees prospect Miguel Andujar.It's not yet clear what highlights today will bring, but below is a look at three things to watch
Tuesday's Spring Training action featured plenty of notable storylines with Eric Hosmer making his Padres debut, Jose Pujols returning to his familiar position and another home run from Yankees prospect Miguel Andujar.
It's not yet clear what highlights today will bring, but below is a look at three things to watch for throughout the day in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.
1. Judge joins Stanton in Yankees lineup
Slugger Aaron Judge is scheduled to be in the lineup as the designated hitter when the Yankees host the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET in Tampa, Fla., and it will be the first time he and Giancarlo Stanton will be in the same lineup. It's Judge's first game action of the spring, as he's coming off left shoulder surgery performed in November. Judge, who led the American League with 52 home runs as a rookie last season, says nothing is holding him back in his return from arthroscopic surgery.
Luis Cessa is scheduled to start for New York opposite Detroit's Daniel Norris. The game will stream live on MLB.TV.
2. All eyes on Harvey, Wheeler
There should be plenty of intrigue when Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler both pitch for the Mets on the road against the Braves in a 1:05 p.m. ET game in Disney World (listen on Gameday Audio). For Harvey, it will be his first start since a September run that saw him go 1-4 with an 11.28 ERA. For Wheeler, it will be another chance to prove he belongs in the Mets' Opening Day rotation.
The Mets have already begun debating the merits of using Wheeler as a reliever, the result of a crowded rotation consisting of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Jason Vargas, Steven Matz and Harvey.
"When I'm healthy, I know what I can do and I know what I'm capable of," said Wheeler, who struck out a pair in a scoreless inning Friday against Atlanta. "I'll just keep my head down and go out there and pitch whenever they need me to."
3. Brewers experiment with Braun at first base
Following weeks of talk and a crash course of Spring Training workouts, Ryan Braun will make his first appearance at first base when the Brewers host the Giants at Maryvale Baseball Park. The 3:05 p.m. ET game will air exclusively via a MLB.com webcast.
The Brewers want to get a look at Braun at first base because they added Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to an outfield that already included Domingo Santana, Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton and Braun.
"The games will tell you where you need to make the most adjustments," said Braun, who played left field Monday. "By no means do I expect to be perfect, and I don't fear failure at any of the other positions I might play this spring. It's something I'm looking forward to, for sure. The more games I play, the better idea we'll have about whether it will be an option. Obviously, it will have a significant impact on what our [Opening Day roster] looks like."
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.