The New York Yankees optioned a trio of players to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Wednesday evening’s game, each of which were thought to have an outside chance to head north with the big league club at the end of spring training. The players optioned were starting pitcher Adam Warren, infielder Corban Joseph, and outfielder Zoilo Almonte.
For Warren, it was thought that he could potentially sneak into one of the final bullpen spots as a long reliever, but it has appeared more recently that the role would go to David Phelps. Joseph was in contention with Dan Johnson to potentially serve as a left-handed hitting infielder off the bench, replicating the role served by Eric Chavez in previous years.
Zoilo Almonte was arguably the most surprising of these cuts. With Curtis Granderson injured, Almonte was thought to be a candidate to replace him in the outfield on an interim basis. He had struggled at the plate this spring, but his defense, and especially his cannon arm, had made an impression early in camp.
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