It was another relatively quiet day but things should heat up by next week since that’s when games are slated to begin. To end the day, let’s go over some notes and news from camp for the day.
— Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury practiced their bunting on one of the back fields. I heard Gardner laid down some beautiful bunts and even ended the bunting session on a high note. The only issue is translating the bunting into games.
— Speaking of games, Spring Training games are next week, although the first televised game won’t be until Thursday. Joe Girardi will have his pitching rotation set on Sunday to prepare for the first game on Tuesday.
“You always think about what’s the best way to line up your rotation so there’s a different look every day,” Girardi said. “Obviously that’s something to consider.”
“I thought today was a really good day when you think about the people that threw today and the importance to our team,” Girardi said. “I thought it was a good day. I know it’s early, but it’s what you want to see.
— Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy are all trying to win the backup role, and with that said, Girardi admitted Cervelli has more experience than the other catchers. The fact Romine and Murphy still have options could influence the backup catcher position.
“That’s something that’s always brought up,” Girardi said. “Obviously, we’re in this thing to win it so we got to do what we feel is best.”
Although Girardi indicates Cervelli is the favorite to win the backup role, he also added: “You’re looking for the best player.” It’s possible that if someone outshines Cervelli this spring, options and experience won’t be much of a factor.
— Alfonso Soriano worked out indoors today as he tries to get over his flu. He’s expected to join the rest of the team for workouts on the field tomorrow.