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Chris Stewart was just running the bases here at Tropicana Field, testing that left groin strain that has kept him out of the Yankees’ lineup since May 16 against the Mariners.
It was pretty basic stuff – Stewart ran a few times from home plate to first base, and once from first to third.
More telling: He did so in front of an audience that included Joe Girardi, Rob Thomson, Steve Donohue and Tony Pena, so you know the Yankees are taking this seriously. They’ve been essentially going with one catcher, Austin Romine, for longer than you’d like to.
Stewart’s goal was to be back in the Yankees’ lineup here against the Rays, and you’re not exactly putting him in the lineup for his wheels. As long as he doesn’t tighten up or feel a twinge – he looked fine leaving the field – one would think he could return to action tonight.
George M. Steinbrenner Field is open for business, and while we’re still waiting to hear the first official crack of the bat, these words should be enough to warm your afternoon wherever you are — Yankees pitchers and catchers reported to Tampa today.
The players went through the usual gauntlet of physical tests and checked out their locker assignments – with 84 names on the invited list, the Yankees have had to build a few new ones in the clubhouse – before heading out for the day. The real work begins tomorrow, with the first official workout for pitchers and catchers.
“Everybody talked about the guys that we didn’t sign, but talk about the guys we have coming back,” Yankees ace CC Sabathia said. “Hiro (Hiroki Kuroda) coming back, Andy (Pettitte) coming back, we’ll get Mo (Mariano Rivera) back for a full year. I think we already had the pieces here in place to compete and try to win a championship. We’ll just go with what we’ve got.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi held his first press conference of the spring, and the big news was again about Alex Rodriguez, as Girardi revealed that A-Rod will not be reporting to camp with the Yankees’ position players.
Instead, Rodriguez will be continuing his rehab in New York, which should limit some of the potential distractions that were expected to go along with MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis case.
Girardi said that he believes the Yankees “could win 95 games and get to the World Series,” and said that “if other clubs want to think we’re vulnerable, that’s OK, but I love the character in that room and the way they find ways to win games.”
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Here are some of the other quick hits from Girardi’s session with the press:
- Girardi is not concerned about the health of Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera. He is, however, curious how the Yankees will find their designated hitter against right-handed pitching. Eduardo Nunez, Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera appear to be the early options.
- Girardi called the spring “a test” for Francisco Cervelli, who must block out the distraction of the Biogenesis investigation while also competing for the Opening Day catcher job.
- Austin Romine should be able to help the Yankees at some point during the season, Girardi said, but he doesn’t know exactly when. Romine said that he intends to make the roster out of Spring Training, but the Yankees have him ticketed for Triple-A right now.
- Girardi said Cervelli, Stewart and Romine should be able to be as good as Russell Martin was defensively.
- Michael Pineda is throwing in camp, but Girardi said he doesn’t expect to see him in a game this spring. The Yankees have been saying that Pineda’s best case scenario is to pitch in the big leagues by May or June.
- Girardi said he’s not worried about his lame duck status as the Yankees’ manager, saying that he’s only concerned with the next 162 games and getting to the World Series. The Yankees will likely hold off until after the season to open contract talks with Girardi.
Guess the arrival of Chris Stewart won’t be played up as a good luck charm. Through five innings, the Yankees have not managed a hit against Indians left-hander Aaron Laffey, though they’ve had three base-runners … two in the first inning on a leadoff walk and an error by third baseman Casey Blake. If Jorge Posada is watching, he’s doing it from Birmingham, Alabama.
EDIT: Melky Cabrera, there you go. Infield single in the top of the sixth breaks it up.
Mike Mussina threw four zeroes on the board but ran into some trouble in the fifth. This, believe it or not, is the Yankees’ final game in Cleveland this season. I personally enjoy coming here because the restaurant area by the ballpark is quite walkable and lively most nights. I would say that it’s fairly dubious, though, that there are signs — posted by the city — anchored to many of the light posts urging you not to give to homeless people.
I understand that the city is asking that you donate it to a fund to help them instead, but it seems like a bit much. Meanwhile, I always like checking out the construction progress of the new stadium. The blog Sliding Into Home has a couple of real nice ones from a whirlybird.
Oh, and Kyle Farnsworth liked that Buck Hunter video game so much, he’s shelling out the $5,000 to have one installed in his home. That ought to occupy more than a few rainy days during the offseason.