Eight first stringers and three sure pitchers are backed by a wealth of substitutes and trading bait. Twin problems are—
THE INFIELD RESERVES
Outstanding among five proved major leaguers in this group is Jerry Coleman, 30, regular Yankee second baseman until the Marines took him to Korea in 1952. A great glove man, he can also play shortstop, hits well in the clutch. From the Baltimore deal comes Billy Hunter, 26, who is a good-fielding, weak-hitting shortstop. Among six possible first basemen are Dick Kryhoski, 29, also from the Orioles, whose bat went sour last year; Eddie Robinson, 34, an American League castabout whose long ball makes him the kind of pinch hitter Stengel likes on the bench; and Joe Collins, 32, a Yankee veteran who can also play outfield. Two bonus babies who must remain on the roster are Frank Leja, 19, hulking first baseman, and Tom Carroll, 18, tall shortstop. Billy Martin, star of the 1953 champions, isn't due for Army release until October.
THE PITCHING STAFF
Search for a fourth starter still centers on the present staff. It could be Tommy Byrne, 35, onetime Yankee ace who was brought up late last year after a sensational comeback with Seattle. He could stick as a starter or reliefer if his old wildness doesn't return. Another possibility is Don Larsen, 25, who lost 21 and won only three for Baltimore last year but may be better than that. Art Schallock, 29, small left-hander who had a fine 1954 season with Oakland is a sleeper, while the big question mark is Tom Morgan, 24. Troubled with injuries last year, he had a disappointing 11 wins. The strength of the bull pen will probably depend on right-handers Jim Konstanty, 38, and Johnny Sain, 36, two one-time National League greats who still have plenty of guile, and Tom Gorman, 29, up from Kansas City for another try at the big time.