Alex Rodriguez will undergo surgery this morning on his right hip and the hope is that he will be back in April.
A.J. Burnett looked good in his spring debut. This notebook also has updates on Hideki Matsui, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes and Cody Ransom.
Today is the first official work out for the minor leaguers. Their training camp is across the street from Steinbrenner Field on Himes Avenue.
The Yankees have a clubhouse and set of offices over there along with four fields, batting cages and a bullpen. The minor leaguers will play games from March 21-April 5 then head off to their respective teams.
The Yankees have four full-season minor league teams. Injured players and those not quite ready will stay in what is called extended spring training. Basically, they remain at Himes, work out and play scrimmage games. Two short-season minor league teams start their season in June.
It may take a few days, but soon enough the Yankees will start to demote players from the major league camp to the minor league camp. By Wednesday, when the starting pitchers are ready to go three or four innings each, there simply won’t be enough innings to go around.
Plus the Yankees will lose some coaches. Guys like AAA manager Dave Miley and AAA pitching coach Scott Alred have been at Steinbrenner Field helping out. They’ll be across the street today.