If Chris Stewart plans to win the Yankees' starting catching job, he better think about sticking around games for longer than two innings.
Stewart was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the bottom of the second inning after arguing a call at first base with umpire Marty Foster.
“I’m just trying to make a team; I didn’t feel like I did anything to deserve to be thrown out of the game,” Stewart said.
Stewart briefly argued the call at first base after being called out on a groundout to shortstop. Foster said something to Stewart as he walked toward the dugout, prompting the catcher to respond.
“I didn't feel like I was talked to in the right manner, and I told him don’t talk to me like that," Stewart said. "I didn't curse at him. I pointed at him once, he told me not to point at him, and I didn’t do it again. Somehow I got tossed."
PHIL HIM UP
Phil Hughes could begin a throwing program as soon as Tuesday, general manager Brian Cashman said, although he must still complete some pool work and pass a few other tests before that can happen.
Echoing Joe Girardi’s words that Hughes could potentially not be ready for the start of the season, Cashman said it’s too early to make that call.
“If asked the question, ‘Is Opening Day in jeopardy for him?’ Yeah,” Cashman said. “He's got some more things to do just to be in position to get off the mound again. He could be healthy by Opening Day, but he also might not be. I don't know yet.”
Minor-leaguers Slade Heathcott and Ronnier Mustelier collided in the outfield in the seventh inning, though Mustelier came up with the catch anyway.
“It didn't really hurt either one of us; I think we kind of fit the other like a puzzle piece or something like that,” Heathcott said. “It was just one of those plays that, just (the) perfect time where we both called it at the exact same time.”
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Chris Stewart, who is vying to be Yankees catcher, ejected in spring training game against Blue Jays
New York Daily News | Mar 1