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Good news and bad news after the 11-7 shootout against Boston

March 9, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Oswald Peraza (91) doubles against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at George M Steinbrenner Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees faced the Boston Red Sox on Thursday afternoon, with Clark Schmidt hitting the mound in his third appearance of the spring. Despite losing 11-7, the Yankees walked away with a lot of positives after a disappointing morning, learning the news of Carlos Rodon’s injury and the player suffering another setback.

Rodon won’t throw for the next seven or 10 days because he’s dealing with a left forearm strain, which sometimes suggests Tommy John surgery. However, it appears as though Rodon has evaded any significant issues and is expected to return sometime in April, according to manager Aaron Boone.

However, Trivino, one of the Yankees’ most experienced bullpens, is also dealing with a mild sprained elbow, and is expected to be out through May. This could force the Yankees to make a possession to solve one of the starting turnover spots and plug another piece into the bullpen. However, they will continue to test their young prospects to see if any of them can make the 26-man roster. Keep an eye on Matt Crook, who impressed the Yankee brass.

Good news for the Yankees:

Despite the loss, the Yankees enjoyed some solid performances across the board. Notably, Andres Chaparro contributed two runs and ran on two batters, and star hitter Jason Dominguez slapped a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Dominguez hits 0.438 with a 0.526 OBP this spring, amazing numbers for a junior.

In addition, Oswald Peraza is expected to start, scoring a hit and running through two batters. He slapped a double on the left field line, hitting a sack in the process and stealing a home on a wild pitch.

On the offensive level, the Yankees did a lot to put themselves in good stead to win this game, as Jose Treviño also scored two RBIs on a double. In all, the team scored nine hits and struck out nine times, but their saves struggled, which is evident based on the score line.

Bad news for the Yankees:

The Red Sox have won every spring training game up to this point, thanks to Schmidt giving up two earned runs, four hits, and a homer via 3.0 innings pitched. It wasn’t Schmidt’s worst performance, seeing plenty of life on the cutter and action on his slider, but his position is still a work in progress and gaining speed with each appearance.

However, it wasn’t until the sixth inning when former Red Sox pitcher Tyler Danish gave up six hits and six earned runs via 0.1 innings pitched. Impressively, he has a 94.50 ERA, which is almost impossible to fathom. Aside from Dane, Randy Vasquez gave up 2 earned runs and hit 2.0 innings. His only mistake was a pinch-hit homer by Philip Sykes, but other than that, Vasquez showed good stuff.

The Yankees have learned a lot about their prospects over the past few weeks, seeing great performances from Dominguez, Chaparro, and Ron Marinaccio on Thursday afternoon. It was Ron’s first appearance in spring training, where he struck out two batters in an inning. The Bombers have high expectations for Marinacio this upcoming season, especially after putting off an impressive rookie campaign.

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