Before the Yankees left the clubhouse for their first official workout this morning, a guy with a San Francisco Giants bag walked past the clubhouse door. I had pitchers and catchers on my mind, so it took me a while to realize it was Randy Winn. He eventually settled into his locker at the back of the room, moved his stuff from the Giants bag into a Yankees bag, and left.
“He has a lot of experience,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s used to being an everyday player. We expect him to compete for that, and give us everything he’s got. As far as a role, he gives us depth. Last year, everyone talked about how are you going to play five guys in three positions? How are you going to get everyone time? (Xavier) Nady went down the first week of the season, and everything kind of ironed itself out.”
When the morning workout was over, more outfielders began filtering into the clubhouse to put some things away in their lockers. First Nick Swisher. Then Curtis Granderson. Then Brett Gardner. Swisher gave a big hug to Javier Vazquez, his old teammate in Chicago. He also seemed to have a good relationship with journeyman catcher Mike Rivera. Maybe Rivera also once played a supporting role on How I Met Your Mother.
• Girardi said Winn can play center field but, “I’ll probably play him in the corners.”
• The Yankees haven’t decided whether to keep Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes on the same schedule all spring. It kind of makes sense to keep them both lined up for the No. 5 spot, but the Yankees also want them both starting games this spring. We’ll see how it shakes out.
• So far so good on injuries and visa issues. Everyone has made it to camp without any problems, and Girardi said no one showed up with health problems. A few guys are running inside because of old back problems, and Girardi said the team is moving a little slower with some minor leaguers coming back from injuries, “but as far as real limitations, no.”
• Girardi’s expectation for how many games Jorge Posada will play at catcher: “I think anywhere between 100 and 120 would be great.”
• Pitchers who threw bullpen sessions today:
First group: Gaudin, Aceves, Mitre
Second group: Albaladejo, Robertson, Sanchez
Third group: Brackman, Pope, Ring, Segovia
Fourth group: Arias, Duff, Hirsh, Sanit
• I only wrote down who caught who in the first group: Posada caught Aceves, Cervelli caught Gaudin, Rivera caught Mitre.
• Girardi said every pitcher is throwing only fastballs and changeups, though Robertson said he’s thrown a few curveballs on flat ground. “I’ll probably throw a handful next bullpen,” he said. “It’s about that time.”
• The Yankees announced that 1,528 fans entered George M. Steinbrenner Field to watch the first workout. That numbers doesn’t count fans who didn’t enter the stadium and instead watched from the fence to see the workouts on the back field (although the number of fans who did only that without entering the stadium is probably pretty small).