Yankees' Russell Wilson making spring training debut, will hit vs. Braves

Pete Carroll supports Russell Wilson being at spring training

Wilson has spent time with the Yankees in spring training, although the team originally said he would not appear in a Grapefruit League game. Wilson took two consecutive balls, before settling in for another hack.

"I wanted to try to challenge the opportunity to get better", Carroll said.

About an hour and a half before first pitch, Wilson joked with reporters about the possibility that he might play Friday or Saturday (against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida).

The Rangers traded Wilson to the Yankees for future considerations earlier this month.

Maybe it was a bit of a buzz kill for those in the seats - and those hoping for a viral video moment - but to Wilson, that was the dessert to an overall positive week in pinstripes.

But Wilson and the Yankees apparently got the Seahawks' blessing to allow him a plate appearance in a game.

The Seahawks know what Wilson is about, so they knew he would bring the same intensity to his spring training regimen that he did to his preparation for the National Football League schedule.

"He's going to be working out doing something, anyway", Carroll said.

Wilson's NFL boss, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, was asked Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. about Wilson playing baseball.

"I was really impressed with his overall command, his ability to see things from different perspectives, which will be really exciting for us, and I think in (Russell Wilson's) development". We want him to go with the pitch.

"I hope so", Carroll said. "I knew he played football and knew he was leaving to play football, but I didn't know what he was going to turn into".

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