TAMPA, Fla. -- Tyler Wade's bid to serve as the Opening Day second baseman nearly took a hit on Saturday, as the infielder exited after rolling his left wrist during the Yankees' 10-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Mets at George M. Steinbrenner Field.Wade was in obvious discomfort after diving
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tyler Wade's bid to serve as the Opening Day second baseman nearly took a hit on Saturday, as the infielder exited after rolling his left wrist during the Yankees' 10-3 Grapefruit League victory over the Mets at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Wade was in obvious discomfort after diving for Jose Reyes' sixth-inning grounder up the middle, but the Yankees were relieved to learn that there was no damage to his wrist. Wade will continue receiving treatment on Sunday, and he is expected to play again on Monday evening.
"I was just trying to stop the ball from getting to the outfield, and it just happened that my glove got stuck on the grass and rolled it," Wade said. "It hurt, and as I rolled it started to throb. Then I started to move it around a little bit and was like, 'OK, we're good.' It scared me."
Manager Aaron Boone has spoken highly of Wade's performance while he competes with Danny Espinosa, Jace Peterson, Gleyber Torres and Ronald Torreyes. The 23-year-old is 7-for-24 (.292) in 11 games.
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Though Wade hit .155 in 58 big league at-bats last season, he spent part of the winter working with Jose Pujols to better adjust to inside pitches, which Wade believes has paid dividends.
"I feel good," Wade said. "I worked on a lot of stuff this offseason. I'm glad it's starting to connect into the games. In batting practice, you can feel a certain way, but it has really translated well into games. I'm excited to be back on the field."
Boone experienced his first dugout speed bump on Saturday when the Yankees did not have a pitcher ready for the fifth inning. Adam Warren had been expected to warm up, but a call was never made to the bullpen, so Dellin Betances had to return to the mound.
"I was talking to the guys, getting undressed," Betances said. "Warren wasn't ready. There was some confusion. They're like, 'Can you please go back out? Warren's not ready.' I was like, 'All right, let me put my stuff back on. Let's go.' At that point, I was already done, but it's like, whatever."
Boone was in the middle of an interview with the YES Network when he removed his headset, wondering where the new pitcher was.
"It was an inning where I was on with the booth upstairs," Boone said. "I don't see that being a situation that would happen in a real game. The timing of getting all the relievers in was a little out of whack."
Betances, who permitted two Reyes stolen bases in a one-run fourth, allowed a single to Luis Guillorme before Warren entered.
"Once we figured out that Dellin wasn't going out there, there was panic," Warren said. "Fortunately, he wasn't undressed yet and he could at least face one more guy and give me some time to get ready. It was good for me to get ready in a hurry and simulate that quick action."
• Clint Frazier (concussion) is continuing to experience symptoms, even though the outfielder believes that there has been progress since the Feb. 24 injury. Frazier said that he ran, threw and hit off a tee Saturday, but he said there was a "foggy" feeling that has also affected him away from the field.
"It's affecting my driving," Frazier said. "I had a couple of scary moments driving. I'm calling my cats the wrong names at times. But they look the same, so it's hard. …
"It almost feels at times that I close my eyes, but I'm not. I'm not reacting as quickly to things."
• Jacoby Ellsbury (right oblique) has resumed swinging a bat, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who said that it is too early to know if Ellsbury will be ready for Opening Day.
"Usually, it's about a week to 10 days where he's down in every camp, so we're getting past that right now," Cashman said. "Then he gets it going and he's usually ready by the time the bell rings. But I can't predict just yet."
The Yankees optioned right-hander Domingo Acevedo to Double-A Trenton on Saturday, and they reassigned right-hander Brian Keller to Minor League camp. The 24-year-old Acevedo is the Yanks' No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and did not appear in a spring game.
"We took him slow a little bit trying to build his arm strength up," Boone said. "We've seen improvements in his last couple of [simulated] games, but we think it's probably better for him to start to get on his program down there."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.