Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Shelley Duncan and Chris Woodward were on the field at 9:40 a.m. today. They took batting practice (with Kevin Long watching) before bench coach Rob Thomson ran them through infield. Woodward played third.
Duncan stuck around later to some drills at first base with Tino Martinez.
“I feel great,” said Duncan, who may have broken a bone or two when he shook my hand. “I’m trying to get this first base thing down.”
Jeter stopped and spoke to the handful of reporters there. Like everybody else, he’s interested to see what happpens tomorrow in Washington. “You hear so much about it,” he said. “It’s a soap opera.”
Chien-Ming Wang made his first appearance in Tampa and had a long conversation with Dave Eiland before playing catch with his new pitching coach.
Wang and the Yankees are scheduled to meet in an arbitration hearing on Thursday. He’s hopeful there will be a deal before then. If not, he’s prepared for whatever happens and won’t have any hard feelings.
Wang did mention that he wanted a multi-year contract. “The Yankees said this wasn’t the right time,” he said. “For pitchers, it’s hard to stay healthy.”
Wang had a different haircut and looked a little bigger across the shoulders. As usual, he was in a good mood.
That was about it. The pitchers did a lot of distance running drills, a change from the sprints they were doing last season. Andrew Brackman looked like Bill Walton compared to the rest of them. He’s huge.
Saw Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes running but didn’t get a chance to speak to them. Then it started raining and that was that.
Back with some more later.