TAMPA, Fla. — Nathan Eovaldi’s scheduled live batting- practice session late last week was scrapped because of some “tightness” in his groin, but the righthander said he doesn’t believe the injury to be serious.
“They’re just being extra-cautious with it,” Eovaldi told reporters Monday morning. “They don’t want to do anything to prolong it.”
Eovaldi said he will throw his next bullpen session Wednesday, pushing back his first appearance in a game.
“I’m not too concerned,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’ll still get his six starts in.”
Eovaldi, who went 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA in his first year as a Yankee but finished the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, said his arm feels fine.
“Arm feels good, elbow feels good, shoulder, everything feels great,” he said. “They’re just being really cautious.”
Girardi repeated what he said Sunday about Luis Severino: His rotation spot is not guaranteed. “It’s one thing to come up and do well, it’s another thing to perform when you’re expected to do well,” Girardi said. “There’s nothing that tells me he won’t handle this well, but you have to go through it before you make a decision.”
That said, Girardi praised the 22-year-old righthander. “His arm just looks really quick to me right now,” he said. “The ball is really coming out well.”
Reggie Jackson, who worked with Aaron Judge a bit last season when the outfield prospect was with Double-A Trenton, was in camp Monday. After greeting the 6-7, 275-pound Judge, Jackson shook his head.
How many home runs, a reporter asked, would the 6-foot, 195-pound Jackson have hit if he had been that size?
Jackson, who hit 563 career homers, didn’t hesitate. Smiling, he said: “Nine-sixty-three.”
Lefthander Chasen Shreve took a line drive off his back toward the end of his live BP session in the morning. “They said he was OK,” Girardi said . . . Tuesday is an “off day for everyone,” Girardi said, though players will be at the stadium from 10 a.m. until noon for a team-building activity.