The Yankees had their first official workout of spring training 2.0, playing and working out in an empty Yankee Stadium.
“It was definitely different,’’ Jordan Montgomery said. “But it’s just like working in Tampa in an empty stadium. You try to get your work in, stay focused and stay safe as I can.”
Unlike the numerous back fields the Yankees are accustomed to at their complex in Tampa, they had to use just the one field at Yankee Stadium as they adjust to their new situation.
After the first day, manager Aaron Boone said he was pleased with how efficient they were.
“I thought it went pretty well,’’ said Boone, who acknowledged Masahiro Tanaka getting hit by a Giancarlo Stanton liner early in the workout changed the tenor of the day. “Masahiro getting hit took the air out of it and put a little fear in everyone.”
But he liked what he saw from the work the team put in.
“From an operational standpoint, I thought we were in good shape,’’ Boone said. “We used four mounds for bullpens and that worked well. It was a little bit of a longer day for our coaching staff, but we were in a good spot facility-wise with the reps we needed to get.”