Today has basically been ‘The Brett Gardner Show’ with a side of Michael Pineda. Although the contract extension for Gardner and the bullpen session for Pineda were the main stories of the day, the Yankees still had workouts, so let’s take a few moments and end the day with some notes from camp.
— Derek Jeter won’t play in the first two games of Spring Training, but he will play on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game will be on the YES Network and WFAN.
“It’s been a while since I played a game,” Jeter said. “I think everyone looks forward the first game in spring training. You want to get games under your belt. I’m looking forward to it, but don’t rush it. I told you, one day at a time.”
Jeter won’t get the Mariano Rivera treatment when it comes to skipping out on all the road games, but it will be close. Despite Jeter not traveling with the team a lot this Spring, he did say he was going to Panama to support Mariano Rivera and play in the exhibition games in March.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll go to Panama, I don’t know though. We’re going to Kalamazoo next year (to play) my old high school team.”
I’m not sure, but I think Jeter was kidding.
— Brian Cashman announced there have been no more extension talks aside from Brett Gardner’s. Fans and media expect David Robertson to be the next extension guy, but Cashman hasn’t spoken to his agent as of yet.
— The Yankees have announced their rotation for the beginning of Spring.
— Joe Girardi believes David Robertson and Matt Thornton are automatic locks to make the Yankees bullpen. Girardi added he believes Shawn Kelley will have a chance to make the bullpen as well. Although Thornton has experience with relief and closing, Girardi said Thornton’s purpose is to be a lefty specialist like his predecessor Boone Logan.
“In reality we brought him here to get lefties out,” Girardi said. “But if you’re going to see left, right, left, there’s a good chance you’re going to leave him in. Two big lefties among three hitters, there’s a good chance I’m going to leave him in.”
— Girardi agreed with John Ryan Murphy’s analysis on Michael Pineda this morning, but he added he saw improvement throughout the session.
“I thought the last five, seven pitches he got dialed in, which to me is a good sign,” Girardi said. “The first time you face a hitter in four (or) five months, you don’t expect guys to be as sharp as they’re going to be. But he got better as he went along, which is a great sign to me.”
— Alfonso Soriano reportedly felt better today but the Yankees will take a look at him in camp tomorrow. If he’s well enough, he’ll start with light training.
— The Yankees will have a quick workout tomorrow but it won’t be vigorous. Instead, they’ll do some team bonding like they do every season. It’s a good chance for the Yankees veterans to get a chance to get to know the new guys, so it builds better chemistry within the Yankees clubhouse.
— Girardi was asked if Mariano Rivera would consider playing for the Yankees during the games in Panama and it’s safe to say Mariano was amused.
“I asked,” Girardi said. “I said I thought maybe we might see you in centerfield. He kinda laughed at me.”