Only one more workout day left before Spring Training games begin. Here’s the latest from Tampa…
- Chad Jennings has the day’s batting practice, fielding drill, and bullpen assignments. Hiroki Kuroda threw live batting practice — Juan Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki both took him deep — while David Phelps threw a side session, the only two projected big leaguers to throw today. Dan Johnson was joined by Corban Joseph at third base during fielding drills. [Mark Feinsand]
- As expected, Curtis Granderson took fly balls in left field during today’s workout, though the outfielders did rotation all around. Joe Girardi said they’re “going to toy with it and see if we like it (and) if we do, we’ll stay with it.” Granderson is on board with a switch if the team feels it’s best, which is not a small deal considering he will hurt his free agent stock by playing left. [Jennings, Jack Curry & Meredith Marakovits]
- Mark Montgomery (back sprain) and Phil Hughes (bulging disk) are both feeling better. Montgomery will throw a bullpen session tomorrow. Girardi said Vidal Nuno is likely to start the team’s third Grapefruit League game — Phelps and Adam Warren have the first two — while the projected big league guys are unlikely to get into games until early-March. [Jennings]
- Mariano Rivera will throw a round of live batting practice tomorrow, his first time facing hitters since having his right knee surgically repaired last May. [George King]
Here is your open thread for the evening. All three hockey locals are in action, so talk about those games or anything else on your mind here. Go nuts.