In case you missed it, Chris Dickerson cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster earlier today. Here’s the latest from Tampa…
- Mariano Rivera threw his first bullpen of the year, saying afterwards “it was good.” That’s all I need to hear. [Marc Carig]
- Per Chad Jennings, a bunch of minor leaguers and non-roster invitees threw live batting practice while everyone hit. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda are scheduled to face hitters tomorrow. Joe Girardi is expected to announce the early spring rotation schedule on Monday as well.
- An MRI revealed inflammation in Austin Romine’s back, and he’s going to miss a few days. “I think it hurt a little bit more than he let on,” said Joe Girardi. Romine missed time last season with back inflammation, but the team doesn’t have any long-term concerns. [Jennings]
- “I wish I could write it in a book and script it out,” said Nick Swisher when asked about being in his walk year. “I’d be here for the rest of my career.” He’s not going to ask the team for an extension at midseason, however. I’m going to have more on this tomorrow. [Pete Caldera]
Here’s your open thread for the night. The NBA All-Star Game is on tonight (7:30pm ET on TNT), but talk about whatever you like. Go nuts.