Open Thread: 3/1 Camp Notes

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Only one more day of workouts until actual Spring Training games start. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

Here is your open thread for the evening. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are in action and there’s no college hoops either. Slow night. Talk about whatever you want here.

Open Thread: 2/28 Camp Notes

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Mother Nature got in the way of Spring Training today. Rain across Florida forced many teams to either cancel or move their workouts indoors, including the Yankees. Here’s what happened down in Tampa:

  • Michael Pineda and Chasen Shreve were among the notables scheduled to throw live batting practice, but the rain canceled it. Adam Warren, Justin Wilson, and Jose Ramirez were among those to throw bullpen sessions inside. [Chad Jennings, Brendan Kuty]
  • Because of the rain, Joe Girardi did not announce his early Grapefruit League rotation as expected. He and pitching coach Larry Rothschild need to sit down and map things out again. Warren is still likely to start Tuesday’s opener though. [Jennings]
  • As expected, Girardi said he will get Stephen Drew some work at shortstop this spring. He still hasn’t decided when Alex Rodriguez will play first base in an actual game. Girardi said he needs to talk to A-Rod to see if he’s ready first. [Kuty]
  • And finally, the Yankees had a special guest motivational speaker in camp today: Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. [Erik Boland]

This is your open thread for the night. The Islanders and Devils are in action right now and the Rangers are playing later tonight. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing tonight too, and there’s a ton of college hoops on as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Open Thread: 2/27 Camp Notes

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Happy Friday, everyone. This is the last Friday without some sort of baseball game — Spring Training, regular season, or postseason — until November. Isn’t that grand? Here is the latest from camp:

  • We have our first Spring Training injury: Brendan Ryan suffered a mid-back strain lifting weights and will miss five days or so, the Yankees announced. He went for an MRI and everything. Ryan missed most of camp and the first few weeks of the regular season last year with back issues.
  • CC Sabathia threw a 41-pitch bullpen session and will wear a brace on his knee going forward. “There is a maintenance program that I am going through. I put the brace on and there is nothing out of the ordinary … I definitely like where I am at. I am not feeling pain and moving forward. I feel great,” he said. [George King]
  • In addition to Sabathia, Andrew Bailey, Esmil Rogers, and Ivan Nova all threw bullpens. Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, Jacob Lindgren, Chris Capuano, David Carpenter, and Dellin Betances were among those to throw live batting practice. There was the usual full slate of batting practice, infield practice, and outfield practice for the position players as well. [Chad Jennings]
  • Alex Rodriguez worked out at first base for the first time, though he didn’t do a whole lot. Fielded some grounders, took some throws, and covered the bag a few times. He has to learn positioning more than anything. Alex knows how to field a grounder and catch the ball. [Jennings]
  • It’s not official yet, but Adam Warren is likely to start the team’s Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies on Tuesday. Joe Girardi will announce his early spring rotation tomorrow. [Marly Rivera, Jennings]
  • And finally, today was photo day. You can look through all the team photos right here. They didn’t take them in the restroom this year. Not sure why they did that a few years ago. Weird.

Here is your open thread for the evening. All the local basketball and hockey clubs are in action except the Rangers, and there’s some college hoops on as well. You folks know how these things work by now, so go nuts.

Open Thread: 2/26 Camp Notes

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Another day of Spring Training workouts is in the books. We’re only five days away from the first Grapefruit League game now. Here is the latest from Tampa:

  • The big story of the day was Masahiro Tanaka‘s third bullpen session of the spring. He threw 40 pitches with increased intensity and had no issues. “I was throwing with more force than the last bullpen. As far as hitting the spots, location, it was better than the last one as well,” he said. Larry Rothschild was pleased and Tanaka will throw again in a few days. [George King]
  • Bryan Mitchell and Chase Whitley also threw bullpens while Adam Warren and Andrew Miller were the notables to throw live batting practice. There’s a very large group of pitchers scheduled to throw tomorrow, including CC Sabathia, Andrew Bailey, Chris Capuano, David Carpenter, Dellin Betances, Nathan Eovaldi, and Jacob Lindgren. [Chad Jennings]
  • Today was the first full squad workout and everything went without a hitch. All the position players took batting practice, the infielders took infield practice, the outfielders too outfield practice, etc. That includes Alex Rodriguez, who supposedly had the day’s most impressive batting practice session. [Jennings]
  • Brian Cashman confirmed that yes, A-Rod will be on the Opening Day roster. He also said his relationship with Alex is fine and he’s sick of talking about him. Cashman believes the situation has been addressed and the questions have been answered. [Brendan Kuty, Ryan Hatch, Dan Barbarisi, Andrew Marchand]
  • Remember the minor ankle injury that sidelined Jacoby Ellsbury at the end of last season? He took three weeks off to rest at the start of the offseason and it hasn’t bothered him since. [Mark Feinsand]

This is the nightly open thread. The (hockey) Rangers are playing and there is some college hoops on as well. That’s it. Use this thread to talk about anything anything and everything.

Open Thread: 2/25 Camp Notes

Coach Mo. (Presswire)
Coach Mo. (Presswire)

Position players reported to Spring Training today — everyone arrived on time and everyone passed their physicals, no issues this year — and a special guest instructor showed up as well: Mariano Rivera. “I’ve decided to come back,” he joked. He’ll be in camp for ten days or so. The odds Rivera could come back this year and dominate are like, 95%, right? Right. Here is the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • It was a pretty light day on the mound. Esmil Rogers (live batting practice) and Justin Wilson (bullpen session) were the only no doubt Opening Day roster guys to throw. All the catchers took batting practice and Carlos Beltran went through a full workout. The rest of the position players begin working out tomorrow. [Chad Jennings]
  • Mark Teixeira said he lost 15 lbs. of fat and gained 13 lbs. of muscle this offseason by changing his diet — “No gluten. No dairy. No sugar. No fun.” — and getting back to lifting heavy weights. He feels much stronger than last year. Oh, and Foul Territory is not coming back. Lame. [Jack Curry, Brendan Kuty, Jennings]
  • Alex Rodriguez spoke to Joe Girardi and will work out at first base this spring. “I’d run through a wall for Joe,” he said. Girardi said he is planning to play A-Rod in the first or second Grapefruit League game next week. [David Lennon, Erik Boland]
  • Quote of the day from new hitting coach Jeff Pentland: “I’m only a good hitting coach if we have good players. I’m not a fool to think I’m better than the players.” [Boland]

Here is your nightly open thread. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are playing, and there’s a ton of college hoops on as well. Talk about those games or anything else here.

Open Thread: 2/24 Camp Notes

Sir Didi. (Presswire)
Sir Didi. (Presswire)

One week from today, the Yankees will open their Grapefruit League schedule against the Phillies in Clearwater. Actual baseball games are right around the corner. Here are the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Chris Capuano, David Carpenter, Chase Whitley, and Bryan Mitchell all threw live batting practice while CC Sabathia, Andrew Bailey, Dellin Betances, Scott Baker, Michael Pineda, and Adam Warren were among those to throw bullpen sessions. The catchers all hit and Carlos Beltran went through a full workout. Beltran is allowed to work out on the main field before position players report because he’s coming off offseason surgery. [Chad Jennings]
  • Ivan Nova threw his third bullpen as part of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. He threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, and will likely throw one more all fastballs bullpen before starting to incorporate changeups. Breaking balls are next after that. [Meredith Marakovits]
  • Chase Headley reported a day early to camp and worked out alongside Alex Rodriguez. He said all the right things (A-Rod isn’t a distraction, etc.). Alex said he has been getting support from teammates and thinks he’ll need 2-3 weeks to shake off the rust. Cole Figueroa and Chris Young has also reported a day early. [Jack Curry, Marakovits, Brendan Kuty]
  • Bailey said he appreciates the team’s patience with him and he wants to make the Opening Day roster. Joe Girardi cautioned they still need to see him in games. Slade Heathcott said his twice surgically repaired knee feels great and he’s ready for games right now. [Jennings, Dan Barbarisi]
  • And finally, third base prospect Eric Jagielo has a special tutor this spring: Scott Rolen. New farm system chief Gary Denbo asked Rolen to come down to camp to work with the defensively challenged Jagielo. Denbo and Rolen know each other from their days with the Blue Jays. [Kuty]

Here is the nightly open thread. Both the Rangers and Islanders are playing and there is some college basketball on as well. Feel free to talk about those games, Spring Training, or anything else right here.

Open Thread: 2/23 Camp Notes

Another A-Rod photo because that's all anyone took today. (Presswire)
Another A-Rod photo because that’s all anyone took today. (Presswire)

Two days before position players are scheduled to officially report to Spring Training, Alex Rodriguez showed up to the complex today and got a workout in. It was his first day around the team since the end of the 2013 season. Here’s a recap of his workout and the ensuing media scrum, and here’s a recap of everything else that went on in Tampa:

  • It was a relatively light day for the big league pitchers. Andrew Miller and Andrew Bailey threw bullpen sessions. That’s about it. Luis Severino, Jacob Lindgren, and Jose Ramirez were among the minor leaguers to throw live batting practice. Carlos Beltran and all the catchers took regular ol’ batting practice. [Chad Jennings]
  • Bryan Mitchell said he is working on throwing his curveball in the zone for strikes. “I want to be able to pitch backward. Dump it in early,” he said. Ivan Nova is scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow for what I believe is the first time since Tommy John surgery. [Brendan Kuty, Jennings]
  • Joe Girardi joked that having A-Rod work out on a minor league field is “already making my life easier” because none of the media is around. Girardi also said it’s important for him to maintain a good relationship with Alex, because duh. [Erik Boland, Kuty]
  • And finally, ex-Yankees righty reliever Matt Daley has retired as a player and now works for the team as a pro scout. Daley will always be the guy who replaced Mariano Rivera in Mo’s final game. [Dan Barbarisi]

This is your open thread for the night. The Devils and Nets are both playing and there’s some college hoops as well. Talk about A-Rod, Yoan Moncada signing with the Sawx, Spring Training, or anything else right here.