Robertson: Mariano could “Brett Favre us”

David Robertson isn’t ready to think about a Yankees clubhouse without Mariano Rivera.

In fact, he said that he’ll believe it when he actually sees it, and noted of Rivera’s closer role, “Those are big shoes to fill. I don’t think anyone can fill those shoes.”

Robertson was responding a day after Rivera strongly insinuated that 2012 could be his final big league season.

“He may have hinted, but you never know,” Robertson said. “He may Brett Favre us.”

  • Andruw Jones reported to camp and will take batting practice today. He said that he feels “great” after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the season, and believes he will be ready to play the outfield without any issues.
  • Jones said that he received no financial compensation from Hiroki Kuroda for surrendering uniform No. 18, saying that it’s “a Japanese thing” — in Japan, No. 18 is an honor typically reserved for the ace of the staff. Jones is now wearing No. 22.
  • Eric Chavez may not be a lock to rejoin the Yankees, telling’s Jesse Sanchez this week that it’s still “50-50,” but the clubhouse staff is prepared for his return. Chavez’s spring locker next to Nick Swisher remains unassigned, as does his No. 12.
  • The YES Network’s Jack Curry reports that Raul Ibanez will wear No. 27 when he reports. I would guess that Ibanez will receive Bernie Williams’ old corner locker, which remains available. Also, while we’re on the topic of lockers, Francisco Cervelli has grabbed Jorge Posada’s corner spot.

Here are today’s pitching/catching assignments, with workouts set to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET:

Group 1: Manny Delcarmen (Russell Martin), George Kontos (Francisco Cervelli), Michael O’Connor (Austin Romine), David Phelps (Gustavo Molina), Adam Warren (Jose Gil).

Group 2: Adam Miller (J.R. Murphy), Brett Marshall (Gary Sanchez), Justin Pope (Kyle Higashioka), Clay Rapada (Gil), Kevin Whelan (Molina).

Group 3: Dan Burawa (Cervelli), Juan Cedeno (Murphy), Graham Stoneburner (Sanchez), Chase Whitley (Higashioka).

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