Mariano gets back on the mound
Rivera said that he soft-tosses a little bit on flat ground in Panama during the offseason and once he gets to Tampa – he corralled Edwar Ramirez to play catch in the rain in what might have been Ramirez’s last official action in a Yankees uniform – but this was the first time he’d worked his way up the bump, throwing 21 breezy pitches.
“I think at this age, I definitely have an idea of what I have to do
and what I need,” Rivera said. “It’s Spring Training. Come and get
ready. I don’t think that, in my case, I have to come in and impress
anybody. I just have to make sure that I’m ready for the season, and
that’s what I try to do.”
Remember Camp Quiet? There could be trouble in paradise for Alex Rodriguez, who may be summoned to speak to the FBI regarding their case against a Canadian doctor under investigation for alleged drug violations.
A-Rod was brief in his comments – they totaled 61 seconds – but said he would cooperate and noted, “This is about someone else.” The Yankees have been mostly silent, except for a statement put out in the afternoon through the club.
On the field, A.J. Burnett threw 30 pitches of live batting practice to an audience of empty blue seats at George M. Steinbrenner Field and said that his changeup could be a big pitch for him.
“All winter, I really harped on it,” Burnett said. “Watching CC [Sabathia] throw last year, being a power guy and how much he uses it, it just kind of opened my eyes a little bit. Why not work on something, you know?