* RHP Steven White (shoulder) has been shut down. He has some unexplained discomfort in his shoulder/neck area and left Legends Field in a neck brace to get an MRI.
* Doug Mientkiewicz reported today and chatted with us for a bit. He says his back has healed and he’s ready to play as much as needed.
* Derek Jeter made his first appearance at Legends Field and promptly set fire to A-Rod’s locker. Kidding, we’re kidding. No, the Captain issued a few diplomatic comments about Carl Pavano and Bernie Williams then went for lunch with Jorge Posada. Jeter told me before he left that he had recently spent some time with Roger Clemens in Las Vegas. Make book on Clemens being a Yankee.
* RHP Kevin Whelan is interesting to watch. He’s listed at 6-foot, 200 and isn’t that big. Not even close. A converted catcher, he throws the ball like a catcher would throw to second base. Because he has such a short motion, it’s hard to pick the ball up out of his hand. His fastball is heavy and moves a lot.
* Joe Torre mentioned being impressed with the bullpen work of Ben Kozlowski, Jose Veras, Sean Henn and Ron Villone.
* Krazy Kyle Farnsworth threw two changeups during his time in the ‘pen. Farnsworth told me he has messed around with a change over the years and really wants to try and incorporate one this spring. Given how hard he throws, a change could be a heck of a pitch for him. Then again, there’s a reason he was once a starter and ended up in the bullpen.
* It was very cold in Tampa today (52 at the moment) and some of the conditioning drills were held indoors.
* Every time Joe Torre or Brian Cashman mentioned Phil Hughes, they are quick to say he’s starting the season with Scranton.
* And it’s Phil Hughes. Not Philip Hughes. He hates Philip. It’s something that happened after he was drafted. If he keeps throwing the way he is, he can call himself Deputy Dawg.