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Mark Teixeira said that it was “pretty uneventful” to stand in against live pitching on Monday morning, but as the Yankees first baseman inches back toward game action, every step is an important one.
Teixeira took three swings from each side of the plate on the main field at George M. Steinbrenner Field, facing left-hander Manny Banuelos and right-hander Jose Campos. Teixeira ended the session with a solid single to left field off Banuelos.
“I wish I’d gotten a little more work, but we’ll get more work the next time I’m out there,” Teixeira said.
Teixeira said that he has not had any issues with his surgically repaired right wrist, but hitting left-handed is his main concern since it is his bottom hand from that side.
“In BP I’ve been swinging hard, but BP swings and game swings are totally different when you’ve got a guy throwing 90-plus,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t get any inside pitches, which I was hoping for today, but we’ll get more work in and I’m sure it will keep getting better.”
Teixeira said that the plan is to take live batting practice again on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then play on Thursday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.
“I feel pretty good. We’ve been here over two weeks now and the wrist is getting stronger,” Teixeira said. “That’s the biggest thing. It needs to get stronger. The bat speed is pretty good. We’ll keep building up and hopefully on April 1 it’s feeling really good and the swing’s feeling really good and I’m ready to roll.”
The Yankees open their spring exhibition slate this afternoon at 1:05 p.m., when they’ll take on the Florida State University squad here at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will be with the Seminoles and could see action in today’s game. FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. There is no TV or radio coverage of today’s game.
Here are the lineups:
Josh Delph DH
Justin Gonzalez SS
DJ Stewart LF
Brett Knief RF
John Nogowski 1B
Jose Brizuela 3B
John Sansone 2B
Ben DeLuzio CF
Danny De La Calle C
Mike Compton RHP
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kelly Johnson 3B
Russ Canzler 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Adonis Garcia RF
Yangervis Solarte 2B
John Ryan Murphy DH
Vidal Nuno LHP
Nuno is scheduled to be followed by: RHP Brian Gordon, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Bryan Mitchell and LHP Francisco Rondon.
It’s understandable if you might have missed a story or two coming out of Yankees camp last week. There are only so many panels and headline slots on the main Yankees.com page, and the Bombers were providing more than enough to keep the store fully stocked. Here’s a look back at the content we sent out to the ‘net:
- Masahiro Tanaka is getting adjusted to life in Yankees camp. He seems to be the real deal, according to Brian McCann.
- Derek Jeter held a press conference and said that 2014 was the right time to retire. Hal Steinbrenner missed Jeter’s first call. Jeter explained why he used Facebook to make his announcement. The captain was the star of the team’s first workout.
- Mark Teixeira said that he expects to play 150-plus games. Brian Roberts didn’t go quite that far, but he expects to be on the field more than he was with Baltimore. The pinstripes are feeling right so far for Jacoby Ellsbury & Carlos Beltran.
- Entering an uncertain spring, Ichiro Suzuki still thinks he’ll be able to find a niche with this team. Brett Gardner does too. David Phelps would like to figure out a role.
- Hideki Matsui is in camp; so is Jorge Posada. Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera indirectly convinced Hiroki Kuroda to pitch another season.
- CC Sabathia checked out his mechanics over the winter in Birmingham, Ala. Andrew Bailey is coming to town on a Minor League contract.
- Yankees president Randy Levine joined MLB.com for a Q&A. He expects a special season ahead.
- MLB.com’s Barry Bloom dropped by to compare the Yanks’ Joes: Girardi vs. Torre. Anthony Castrovince wondered if we’ll ever get to know the real Jeter. Alfonso Soriano has the flu.
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If you’re just counting from the official date for pitchers and catchers, the first week of camp is in the books for the Yankees, and so here are the photos to prove it. Today’s main attraction took place early in the morning, as Masahiro Tanaka faced live hitters for the first time since he closed out the Japan Series for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last Nov. 3rd.
There’s plenty of the big stars in today’s gallery of snapshots — and a few that wound up on the cutting room floor, too. Here’s the best ones I gathered. I think we’ve gone a little light on the pitchers so far this spring, photo-wise. Now that we’re getting in the swing of things, that’ll be something to look for in the near future.
As for our stories, I’m be handing the game ball over to MLB.com’s Adam Berry (@adamdberry) for the next few days. Stay tuned to his feed — and, of course to Yankees.com — more updates from camp. Enjoy the weekend!
All photos credit: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
What happened: Regardless of what you might have heard, read and seen, Derek Jeter wants to make one thing clear — Wednesday’s gathering in the pavilion beyond left field at George M. Steinbrenner Field was not a retirement press conference. We’ll get to that in September or – if he has his way – October.
For now, Jeter has Spring Training to get through and a whole season left to play, but yes, this will be the final Major League season for the Yankees captain.
“I felt as though this was the right time,” Jeter said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time; this will be parts of 20 seasons that I’ve been playing here in New York and parts of 23 if you count the Minor Leagues. I just think I’ve done it long enough and I look forward to doing some other things in my life. But I can’t reiterate enough that we still have a season to play.”
Jeter said that his decision had nothing to do with his ankle or any other part of health; in fact, he told Hal Steinbrenner that this is the best he’s felt — ever. Jeter said that this offseason was the hardest that he’s ever worked, and he expects to be the Yankees’ everyday shortstop.
“It’s all about the time. You can’t do this forever,” Jeter said. “I’d like to, but you can’t do it forever. I feel as though the time is right after this year. There’s other things I want to do.”
“I want to have a family – that’s important to me,” Jeter said. “I have the utmost respect for all these guys that have kids and families. Being away, I have a young nephew, and you miss so many things. I don’t know how you guys do it, really. So I look forward to that. So there are some things I look forward to doing.”
What we learned: Mark Teixeira said this week that he thought Jeter could play until age 44 or 45. Jeter agreed that he probably has more than one year in him, but it’s the time commitment that is keeping him from signing up for that. As he said: “It’s not a sixth-month season, this is 12 months.”
What we learned II: Jeter reached out to Hal Steinbrenner on the evening of Feb. 11 to tell him about his decision, but Steinbrenner let the call go to voice mail. He didn’t hear it until after Jeter texted him the next morning, with the Facebook post locked and loaded to go.
“I didn’t recognize the area code,” Steinbrenner said. “I didn’t check the voicemail until the next day. It said Florida, but it was some crazy area code. My bad.”
What we learned III: Even though the Yankees do not plan to give out any more big league contracts this spring, Steinbrenner has seen the same things you’ve been talking about. It’s kind of odd that the Yankees could spend more than $500 million and have so many questions coming into the season, but Steinbrenner believes the Yankees will be able to handle any issues on the fly.
“There are areas of concerns and we’re going to keep plugging away, but we’ve got to see how big of a concern they are,” Steinbrenner said. “They’re not problems yet because we haven’t even started playing. They’re areas of concern; I get it. Every team has them and every team works through them. We’re going to do the same thing. We got pretty good at it last year, I thought.”
What we learned IV: Here’s a glimpse of what it used to be like behind the scenes in the Yankees clubhouse, during the Joe Torre administration –
“I remember [Jeter] always yelling at Mr. Torre when he wanted to take him out of games,” Joe Girardi said, “and how was he ever going to break Cal [Ripken Jr.]‘s record if he kept pulling him out of games?”
What else: Jeter said that he can’t picture himself coming to Spring Training as a guest instructor. We’ll see about that. Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte seem to have enjoyed it in years past, as well as plenty of Jeter’s other former teammates. … Ichiro Suzuki said that after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, his reaction was: “Oops!” … Ichiro and Masahiro Tanaka were teammates in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, but Ichiro said that the pitchers and position players tend to run in different circles, so he didn’t get to know him much.
What they said: “I was really shocked, as I think were a lot of people. I didn’t want to believe it. But I was actually shocked that he was doing Facebook. That’s something that I was really shocked about.” – Ichiro Suzuki, on Derek Jeter’s announcement.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 19, 2014
What’s next: The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Thursday morning. Players must dress by 9:45 a.m. and should be on the field shortly after.