The Yankees didn’t get off the field until around 1:45 because of the late start. The highlights of the day:
* Andy Pettitte threw 45 pitches in the bullpen. He was not throwing at full speed but said that was normal for this time of the year. He’s still working on getting his legs under him.
* Austin Jackson developed lower back spasms while doing an outfield drill. He’ll be out no more than a day.
* Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes were at Legends early in the day doing the “Navy Seal” workout Pettitte used to do with Roger Clemens. The conditioning exercises focus on the abs. “Andy said we did half what he used to do with Roger,” Hughes said. “I’d hate to see what the whole thing was like.”
* Hank Steinbrenner held court for some reporters near the bullpen. I was there this time after missing yesterday’s scrum. He talked about being happy that A-Rod was back and how the fans have accepted him “faster than Mickey Mantle.” Hank then watched the pitchers for a while. When he went back to his office, a heard of cameramen and reporters followed him. Maybe I shouldn’t think this way, but is really necessary to chase the guy down the hallway? Hank Steinbrenner’s thoughts are certainly no secret at this point.
* Expect lots of A-Rod stories in the papers tomorrow. Girardi was asked a bunch of questions about Alex, managing Alex, expectations for Alex, etc. It’s as much amateur psychology as it baseball with him.