Spring Training hasn’t officially started yet, but there’s a contingent of players already down in Tampa preparing for the season. It’s never too early to starting rounding up camp notes, I know we’re all yearning for baseball. All of the source links go to Twitter, so while you don’t have to necessarily click them, you should follow all of the writers covering the team. They work hard 12 months a year to give us all the info we crave, so show them some support. Here’s what happened today…
- Joba Chamberlain threw off a half-mound for the third time, this time 20 pitches. “Another good day,” he said. He’s going to speak to Dr. James Andrews on Friday about increasing his workload, and could be throwing off a full mound by next week. Joba should start throwing breaking balls within the next few weeks, which is a big milestone in Tommy John rehab. (Anthony McCarron & Erik Boland)
- Michael Pineda was in the house, throwing a bullpen session and running some sprints. He said he and Robinson Cano have become good friends, and he’s going to emphasize his changeup in camp. Hooray for that. (McCarron McCarron, Boland & Boland)
- Cory Wade, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova also played catch and did some running, but it doesn’t sound like any of the three got on a mound. (McCarron & McCarron)
- Derek Jeter, Austin Romine, Ramiro Pena, Justin Maxwell, and David Adams all took some form of batting practice. Adams’ ankle survived the ordeal. (McCarron & McCarron)
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, here’s your open thread. The Rangers, Islanders, Devils, and Knicks are all playing tonight, but talk about whatever you like here. Go nuts.
(Photo via Geoff Baker)