Baseball’s back!

Tampa.jpgJoba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, throwing bullpens side by side. Curtis Granderson getting bunting tips from Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter slapping base hits the other way in batting practice.

For February 15, we will definitely take it. Baseball, and the world champion Yankees, are back.

Granderson spoke with the media for about 10 minutes today after completing his first official workout with the Yankees, saying that he would be OK if Opening Day comes and he is standing in left field at Fenway Park instead of center field.

He also said he’d be fine wherever Joe Girardi wants to hit him in the lineup, and that he’s looking forward to getting acquainted with a few of his teammates – thus far, he’s only really had a chance to catch up with Jeter, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez.

Other players spotted working out included Francisco Cervelli, Boone Logan, Chad Gaudin, Dave Robertson and Alfredo Aceves. A.J. Burnett briefly popped up and played catch for a few minutes in the outfield. Royce Ring also said hello – a lefty whom I covered years back with the Mets, now in camp with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee.

There was a funny moment during the workout, which might be something of an inside joke (or at least it was for me). But I’ll let you in … a lot of times, if there’s a loud conversation going on in the press box, one of the writers will yell out “Working!” — in fact, we’ve started doing it once in a while just to bust each others’ chops.

Well, Granderson was jogging by to pick up a bat and our good buddy Anthony McCarron of the Daily News tried to let Granderson know we’d like a chance to talk to him later on. Jeter shot us a glance from the infield and playfully yelled, “Working!”

  • Don’t forget, I’ll be tweeting quick camp updates all spring on Twitter.com

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