From a press release through the organization today:
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Friday, Feb. 13, with their first workout slated for Saturday, Feb. 14. The Yankees’ first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18. The World Baseball Classic will be played from March 5 through March 23.
The Yankees will play a 33-game Grapefruit League schedule as well as two home exhibition games against World Baseball Classic teams at George M. Steinbrenner Field. On Tuesday, March 3 at 1:15 p.m., the Yankees will host Team USA, and will welcome Team Canada on Thursday, March 5 at 1:15 p.m.
Included in the Yankees’ 16 total home exhibition games against Major League competition are six night contests (7:15 p.m. start time) on Friday, March 6 vs. Detroit; Tuesday, March 10 vs. Cincinnati; Tuesday, March 17 vs. Pittsburgh; Thursday, March 19 vs. Toronto; Tuesday, March 24 vs. Boston and Friday, March 27 vs. Cincinnati.
They will open their 2009 Major League Spring Training schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla. The Yankees’ first home spring training game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1:15 p.m. vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.
The press release went on to state that this year’s schedule is the earliest the Yankees have started their games in more than 60 years.
With the WBC looming and some possible Yankees playing for national teams, we will see more young faces like Jesus Montero, Austin Jackson, Mark Melancon, and reevaluating players like Phil Coke, Al Aceves, Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera, and focusing on the rehabbing of Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui. Who knows, we might be seeing some other new faces in pinstripes, hopefully.