In keeping with the Yankees plan to rest their starters for the first few days of spring training, Andy Pettitte will not throw a bullpen this morning. But Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will.
Hughes, Chamberlain, Chris Garcia and Edwar Ramirez will be the first group in the bullpen when the Yankees begin their workout in a few minutes. Pitching coach Dave Eiland said that when the exhibition games start, Hughes and Chamberlain will pitch both out of the rotation and out of the bullpen, because there aren’t enough games for every potential starter to work strictly out of the rotation.
Other than Pettitte, the only Group 2* pitchers who will not throw a bullpen this morning are Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte. Rivera always moves at a slower pace than the other pitchers, and Eiland said the Yankees want to take things slowly with Marte because he only needs 10 innings or so to be ready for the season, and because he’s coming off some shoulder problems last season.
“We’ll just ensure that he’s sound,” Eiland said. “There’s no sense getting him on a mound yet.”
* The Yankees pitchers are divided into two groups. Group 1 threw bullpen sessions yesterday. Group 2 will throw bullpen sessions today. After today, every pitcher in camp — except Sabathia, Burnett, Vazquez, Pettitte, Rivera and Marte — will have thrown one official bullpen.