The position players showed up, took their physicals and left. The first full-squad workout will be tomorrow. Everybody is here according to Joe Girardi.
I spent most of the day following Andy Pettitte around. He seemed genuinely pleased to be doing PFP (pitchers fielding practice) and running sprints. He will get on the mound tomorrow with the rest of the Group 2 pitchers.
Girardi said he hoped to get Johnny Damon 600 plate appearances and is committed to him as the every day left fielder. Damon will play center when Melky Cabrera needs a rest. He’ll also get some time as the DH and maybe even at first base.
Girardi said that Jason Giambi “looks great.” But clearly Giambi needs to earn his ABs. Giambi told us he wants to play in 2009 and beyond, so he’ll need some kind of decent year to get a new contract.
Girardi also had praise for Mike Mussina, who threw 55 pitches in the bullpen today. According to Girardi, catcher Jason Brown told him that Mussina missed his spot only four times.
Back in a bit with some audio.