Yankees set for first full-squad workout
The Yankees had a 9:45 a.m. meeting this morning to kick off the first full-squad workout of camp, which included Joe Girardi’s state of the team address. Girardi said he wasn’t planning to toss many changeups at his players.
“It changes a little from year to year, but not a whole lot,” Girardi said. “We try not to present the same message every year. It’d get kind of monotonous. … [I talk about] what our focus is and the reason we do things in Spring Training. [There’s a] different way of presenting it — new stories, new faces.”
The Yankees will get on the field for stretch at 11 a.m., and two groups of pitchers are throwing bullpens:
- Group 1: CC Sabathia (Gustavo Molina), Hiroki Kuroda (Francisco Cervelli), Michael Pineda (Jose Gil), Phil Hughes (Russell Martin), Freddy Garcia (J.R. Murphy).
- Group 2: Cory Wade (Gary Sanchez), David Robertson (Francisco Cervelli), Rafael Soriano (Russell Martin), Boone Logan (Kyle Higashioka).
Here are the batting practice groups. The first four groups hit on Field 1 (Steinbrenner Field), and the second four groups hit on Field 2 (the practice field behind third base at the stadium).
Also, I should mention that the Yankees are once again split up into “Gator” and “Goose” workout groups, nods to guest instructors Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage.
- Group 1: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Brandon Laird, Eduardo Nunez
- Group 2: Eric Chavez, Ramiro Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira
- Group 3: Russell Branyan, Bill Hall, Jayson Nix, Jorge Vazquez
- Group 4: David Adams, Doug Bernier, Corban Joseph, Russell Martin, Gustavo Molina
- Group 5: Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Nick Swisher
- Group 6: Chris Dickerson, Justin Maxwell, Cole Garner, DeWayne Wise
- Group 7: Zoilo Almonte, Colin Curtis, Melky Mesa, Francisco Cervelli
- Group 8: Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, J.R. Murphy, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
There’s a few hundred fans already sitting in Steinbrenner Field, scanning the $1.00 rosters that are being sold on the concourses — it’s true, you can’t tell the players without a program, especially the guys wearing numbers in the 80s and 90s. Yes, baseball is back.