TAMPA — Aroldis Chapman was originally scheduled to pitch an inning Wednesday night against the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field, but didn’t.
Instead, the Yankees’ closer worked up a sweat in the bullpen. And because this is a Yankees camp that has been dominated by injuries, Aaron Boone was asked whether Chapman was healthy. Boone said “yes” and that Chapman would make his exhibition season debut Friday night against the Orioles.
“Every year is a little different. Some years you end up doing more live BPs on the back field, so he is on track. He’s physically good and he’s throwing the ball really well,’’ Boone said. “He’s gotten the work he needs to get in. It’s more of a formality, having to throw his pen [Wednesday].’’
J.A. Happ toyed with a very light Phillies lineup in a 3-2 exhibition win. In four innings, the veteran lefty didn’t allow a run, gave up two hits, a walk and fanned six. In three spring outings Happ has worked nine innings, allowed one earned run, four hits, walked two and struck out 11.
Gleyber Torres committed his third error in seven games when he made a throwing error in the fifth inning. Torres is making the shift from second to being the Yankees’ full-time shortstop after Didi Gregorius signed a one-year deal with the Phillies.
Gregorius was in the third-base camera well in street clothes shooting pictures. Torres stopped by to chat with his former double play partner.
Gerrit Cole makes his third spring start Thursday in Lakeland against the Tigers. Jordan Montgomery, the likely No. 4 starter, will back up the staff ace. Miguel Andujar will play first base.