TAMPA, Fla. - The attention paid to Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia has overshadowed Nathan Eovaldi to some degree. But no Yankees starter, or pitcher for that matter, has been more impressive.
The 25-year-old righthander, acquired from the Marlins during the offseason, made his second start Sunday and again was terrific. He allowed two hits in four shutout innings, striking out three. Eovaldi, who has allowed one run in nine innings in three appearances, threw 45 pitches, 38 for strikes.
"Fastball was great, curveball was really good, split was good," Joe Girardi said. "Can't expect much more."
One AL scout highlighted "several changeup strikes to lefties" thrown by Eovaldi, who has been working on his changeup and developing a splitter. "Really good outing," the scout added. "He was in total control."
Eovaldi, whose fastball sat at 96 to 98 mph, felt Sunday's outing was "a lot better" than his previous outing.
"My curveball felt really good today," he said. "Today overall everything felt pretty good."
Ryan ready for BP
Brendan Ryan, out with a back injury, hit off a tee and is scheduled to take batting practice at the minor-league complex Monday, an off day for the rest of the team. He hopes to see game action by week's end. "Can't wait around forever," Ryan said. "They're anxious and so am I."
Chase Headley hit his first homer, a solo shot off Phillies righthander Kevin Slowey. Headley is 8-for-22 . . . The Yankees held a moment of silence for Al Rosen, a former minority owner and executive with the team. Rosen died Friday at the age of 91 . . . Top pitching prospect Luis Severino and top outfield prospect Aaron Judge were among 10 players reassigned to minor-league camp. The others: catchers Trent Garrison and Juan Graterol, righthanders Nick Goody and Diego Moreno, lefthanders Tyler Webb and James Pazos, outfielder Jake Cave and shortstop Cito Culver. Judge said his best memory from camp wasn't his tying three-run homer in the ninth against the Phillies but Alex Rodriguez's homer against Boston last Wednesday. "He's a legend," he said. "To be on this team, be in the dugout with him and see all that happening was amazing."