Some things never change about Spring Training, and the Yankees’ Minor League complex looked almost exactly the same as I remembered it this morning, heading over to Himes Avenue to check out the action.
My story for the day, which you can read tonight on Yankees.com, focuses on Eric Chavez … who looks awfully out-of-place without his Athletics gold and green. That’s kind of the idea – after five (!) surgical procedures since 2007 and a disappointing turn in what was a very promising career, the 33-year-old Chavez is hoping that a change of scenery will recharge his batteries.
He said that a lot of people were asking him why he’d pick the Yankees – especially with Jorge Posada at DH, Mark Teixeira at first base and Alex Rodriguez at third base. But after being limited by injuries so much in recent years, Chavez hopes that a part-time role will keep him on the field.
“I think coming to a place where expectations aren’t too high, it’s more realistic to think that I could play in two or three ballgames a week than five or six,” Chavez said. “I’m just going to try to keep myself healthy and show them that I can swing the bat a little bit, and we’ll see what happens.”
Chavez took grounders from Rob Thomson at third base. Mark Prior also arrived today and did some light jogging around the practice fields, keeping his white earbuds in the whole time.
Throwing live to hitters today – Neal Cotts, Steve Garrison, Andy Sisco, D.J. Mitchell, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren. Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Manny Banuelos and Alan Horne were also at the complex.
Curtis Granderson arrived at camp, fresh off his 10-day trip to New Zealand. Granderson hit in a group that included Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli. Colin Curtis and Jesus Montero were also on the scene.