Spring Training: Day 9 Notes

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Well, today was an eventful day, wasn’t it? Photo day, injury reports and now the signing of Andrew Bailey. To end an eventful day, here’s some notes from camp:

Tyler Austin‘s wrist had been bothering him, and it turns out it had been going on for a week. He had discomfort earlier this week and hoped it would go away, but with the discomfort still there, that was when Austin said something to Joe Girardi and the training staff.

“I thought it was one of those things I could just get through,” Austin said. “Just a little sore.”

Austin had been in camp since January 13, but he made sure his workload was evaluated and he said he wasn’t taking a lot of swings while in the cage.

“It’s not like I’m overdoing it,” he said.

Derek Jeter and the other veterans opted to hit indoors after it rained earlier this morning. Some players were outside for batting practice and Joe Girardi admits he was impressed with Manny Banuelos, who threw another live batting practice.

“I like what I see,” Girardi said.

– The Yankees will play their first exhibition game on Tuesday (it’s not televised), but Girardi hasn’t decided which veterans are playing in that game.

“I might put a few in there,” Girardi said. “I’ve got to see where they are, maybe one at-bat and get them going.”

– Joe Girardi had also been observing Gary Sanchez and said nothing but great words about him.

“He’s grown up, and physically he’s getting better every year, which is important because your workload has to increase every year. And if you want to play in the big leagues, your workload can really get heavy. We think he’s made some really good strides in that area.”

– Girardi read the article about Jesus Montero showing up to Mariners camp 40 pounds overweight and he chimed in on the situation.

“You’re always a little bit surprised. Sometimes you’re not sure why things happen, but I think Lloyd (McClendon) said it best — you worry about the guys in your camp.”

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