While pitchers and catchers aren't scheduled to officially report to the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. until Wednesday, some of them have begun to file in a bit early.
Chad Green is one of those players, and as expected, he was asked about the topic that continues to dominate the baseball world.
"My initial reaction was just frustration, I guess,'' Green said on Friday, speaking of course about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. "I think that's the initial reaction. Anybody is gonna be upset about it a little bit. But you move forward."
Houston eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS last season, but it's their ALCS defeat at the hands of the Astros in 2017 that was proven by MLB's investigation to have been aided, at least in part, by signs being stolen electronically.
Green actually pitched well in that series, however, allowing just two hits in 4 1/3 shutout innings in two appearances.
The right-hander said the team hasn't focused much on the reports, even after a wide-ranging interview with former Astros manager A.J. Hinch aired on MLB Network on Friday.
"We haven't honestly talked about it too much, just being around for a few days,'' Green said. "I think everyone is moving forward. It's kind of in the past for the most part. I'm sure the conversation is gonna get brought up again at some point. We'll see what happens.''
The Yankees and Astros won't play each other in spring training, but will meet each other for the first time for a three-game series in Houston beginning on May 15. Green knows the controversy won't be far from his or his teammates' minds when they do.
"It's obviously gonna be tough,'' Green said. "Knowing what could have been in '17. It's a tough game to play, what could have been or what should have happened. I'll probably wait and see what our reaction and their reaction will be.''
Green, who served as an opener for the Yankees 15 times, for the Yankees last season, also mentioned that he expects to have more of a traditional relief role in 2020.
"Opening was a little bit out of necessity last year, but we've got some guys that are going to step up and pitch some big innings," Green said. "With [Jordan Montgomery] being back and guys getting some experience under their belt, I think we should be good."