• The Red Sox, Rays, Orioles or Blue Jays could all have sneak peeks at Masahiro Tanaka this spring. The Yankees have not discussed keeping Tanaka away from their American League East rivals during Spring Training, according to Girardi.
"I think it's important that he pitches in Major League games," Girardi said. "You'll see all of our starters pitch in simulated games, because we think it's an easier way sometimes to build them up. I don't have a schedule drawn up, but that is not something we've talked about."
• One name to remember in the Yankees' infield mix is Yangervis Solarte, who could challenge for a roster spot this spring. A switch-hitting 26-year-old with some pop, Solarte signed with the Yankees after playing the last two seasons for the Rangers' Triple-A club.
"He's going to get a good look," Girardi said. "He's got some versatility. We're looking for versatility because of our infield situation, and he has that."