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Russell Wilson could play in game



Russell Wilson talks about his dream of being on the Yankees.
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DUNEDIN, Fla. – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn’t opposed to Russell Wilson getting an at-bat in a Grapefruit League game. But the Seattle Seahawks might not be crazy about their Super Bowl champion quarterback participating in anything beyond batting and fielding practice.

“(Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll hasn’t reached out to me just yet. But after he sees that I’m open to it, I might get a call,’’ Cashman said with a smile on Tuesday. Cashman is a fan of Carroll, too, “so I look forward to hearing from him.’’

In his second day at Yankees camp, Wilson remained back in Tampa, taking BP and grounders. He’s not expected to participate in any exhibition games, but Wilson spent Monday night’s game in the Yanks dugout during their victory against the Phillies.

Cashman said he hasn’t heard directly from the Seahawks regarding Wilson’s use in camp. “Just a couple of division rivals have called to make some suggestions,’’ Cashman said wryly. But Wilson seemed eager to play if the Yanks permitted him.

“I’m ready to go up there if they want me to,’’ Wilson said upon his arrival Monday. “I’ll be ready to swing…hack away and turn some double plays.’’

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In turn, Aaron Judge has expressed a desire to catch a few passes from Wilson later this week, but Cashman frowned on that idea. Mainly, Wilson’s presence is “a good situation for us to get some exposure to one of the premier athletes in sport,’’ and “breaks up the monotony of our camp.’’

Yankees workout this afternoon. Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge as Judge runs from third to home as the Yankees worked on base running. (Photo: CHRIS PEDOTA, Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com)

All rise

Aaron Judge will make his 2018 Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday as the Yankees host Detroit (1:05 p.m., YES). He’ll get one or two at-bats as designated hitter according to manager Aaron Boone, then play right field on Friday.

“No worries…no setbacks. We wanted to give him more time,’’ Cashman said of delaying Judge’s debut following November arthroscopic surgery to his left shoulder. “He’s a little late out of the gate, but better safe than sorry.’’ Judge is on schedule to be ready for opening day.

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Help wanted?

As long as free agents such as starters Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb still loom in free agency, the wonder is whether the Yanks might be tempted as the price drops.

“We’re always open to trade and free agent concepts if it fits our criteria,’’ Cashman said, speaking generally. “Our work’s never done in terms of trying to add to whatever we have, so if something comes into play we’ll become aggressive with it.’’ However, “nothing’s hot right now.’’

Green day

Working as a starter again this spring for insurance purposes, Chad Green gave up a solo homer to Russell Wilson in 1.2 innings (3 hits, 3 Ks) as the Yankees (5-0) won their fifth straight game, 9-8 over the Blue Jays. Green was generally happy wit his fastball command and “the slider is better than it’s been this early’’ in camp. Though he’s a starter at heart, Green figures to return to his multi-inning bullpen role, which he excelled at last season.


Boone is encouraged by the progress of Clint Frazier (mild concussion). “It looks like he’ll be able to get out there pretty soon,’’ said Boone. …Non-roster veteran Danny Espinosa, competing for one of the vacant infield positions, hit his first home run.

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