TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees will add another arm to camp next week.
No, not that kind.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a Rangers farmhand acquired by the Yankees a couple of weeks ago, is slated to be in Tampa, and in uniform wearing No. 73, on Monday.
“#73 headed your way Monday!” Wilson tweeted Thursday afternoon, including @Yankees Spring Training @TheJudge44 @GianCarlo818 in the tweet.
In an accompanying video post, Wilson, wearing a Yankees cap, said: “Hey New York City . . . I’m headed to spring training on Monday. I can’t wait to see you guys Feb. 26. We’re going to have some fun for that week. And, hey, Aaron Judge, I know you want to throw some passes so let’s play some ball and we’ll see. We’ll have a little home run derby, too. Stanton, I’m coming for you, too. We’ll have some fun. And, hey, let’s go win a World Series.”
General manager Brian Cashman has said Wilson, who played both sports in college, will not play in any games while in camp for a handful of days.
“We’re talking about a high-character guy, a guy that’s won on the highest level in the NFL,” Aaron Boone said. “He’s developed a reputation of being a tremendous leader, so any time we can get people like that around our guys, it’s something that we welcome.”
Day off (mostly) for Judge
Judge tracked pitches during a live batting-practice session early Thursday morning but did not participate in batting practice on the field, as he did the first three days of camp. The half-day was by design, part of managing the 25-year-old’s workload as a precautionary measure after arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in November.
“He’s been ramped up pretty good, so this was kind of a built- in day [off] for him,” Boone said. “He’s doing well and I think right on schedule to be ready to go in a game next week.”
Eyeing the Tigers
Boone said the decision not to play Gary Sanchez against Detroit on Friday had nothing to do with the brawl Sanchez was a part of last season in a game against the Tigers, which earned the catcher a four-game suspension (later reduced to three).
“This was something we talked about very early in camp,’’ Boone said, “having a specific plan we wanted to stick to with him.”