Yankees notes: Mariano scheduled to arrive

– Mariano Rivera is expected to be in camp on Thursday, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. He’ll make his way to Tampa tonight. Of course, as you probably know, Rivera only pitches a few innings every spring, so this certainly isn’t anything of a setback.

“Whenever Mo gets here is fine,” Brian Cashman said.
– The Yankees released left-hander Neal Cotts based on the results of his physical. Cotts was over at the Minor League complex last week and faced live hitters for the first time, but as Cashman said, “We go through the physicals for a reason.”
– 18-year-old prospect Gary Sanchez underwent heart tests after he was experiencing some fatigue during workouts at the Yankees’ Minor League complex, but has been given a clean bill of health. 
“He’s fine. Just trust me,” Cashman said. “There’s no worries now with Gary Sanchez. Simple as that. Nothing more to talk about.”
– The Yankees are considering taking Andruw Jones north as the only reserve outfielder. They see him more as a corner outfielder now, so Brett Gardner would slide to center field and put Jones in left field when Curtis Granderson gets a day off. They’re keeping their options open in case Ronnie Belliard or Eric Chavez secure a spot.
– Joe Girardi said the Yankees probably wouldn’t carry both Francisco Cervelli and Jesus Montero as backup catchers. If Cervelli is the backup, Montero can expect to go to Triple-A.
“If you’re carrying Cervy as your backup catcher, then maybe we’re saying that Montero’s not ready to be the backup catcher two or three times [a week],” Girardi said. “You would want him to go play every day. If he’s ready to play once or twice a week, then you’ll think about him.”
Girardi said he didn’t necessarily think that Montero being a backup catcher would stall his development.
“You can develop a lot playing twice a week at this level and learning about what it takes and the defense and the league,” Girardi said. “We know that every level that he’s had, he’s had a potent bat. He can help you win some games if he’s ready.”
– Nick Swisher and Granderson were hitting across the street at the Himes Avenue complex.
– While we’ve been talking about Joba Chamberlain’s weight, here’s a fact: the Yankees’ roster lists Bartolo Colon at 185 pounds. Here’s another fact: there’s no way that’s accurate.

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