TAMPA, FLA. — Right-hander Mike Wright allowed five runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees on Friday at Steinbrenner Field, but his third start of the spring wasn't as ugly as the line score.
Wright gave up two runs with two outs in the first inning on a soft fly ball that barely eluded the outstretched glove of second baseman Ryan Flaherty. He also gave up a run in a second inning that started with a broken-bat single by Didi Gregorius. His final two runs scored after he issued a pair of two-out walks in the third and left the game, which quickly unraveled during a brief relief outing by minor league camp call-up Mitch Horacek.
Still, Wright showed good stuff, striking out six against a representative Yankees lineup and said he felt good about the way he threw the ball. But the five earned runs jacked his spring ERA up to 9.45.
"You saw the kind of hits they were getting — broken bat, jam shot that just went over second base," Wright said. "I was executing my pitches well even when there were two outs and they just somehow scored runs off that. As far as I'm concerned, I felt pretty positive. It just sucks because yet again we're losing."
Meanwhile, Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was sharp, retiring the Orioles in short order in the first inning and allowing just an infield single to Hyun Soo Kim over three innings.
Around the horn: Catcher Caleb Joseph has been out of camp since Thursday morning because of flu symptoms. He might rejoin the team Saturday if the medical staff is confident he isn't contagious. ... Nonroster infielder Ozzie Martinez, who suffered from whiplash symptoms after a collision, could return to action Saturday.