Things are pretty quiet here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, but there was almost some excitement.
Hal Steinbrenner stopped by Joe Girardi’s office this morning. All of the writers waited in the hallway, thinking he might come out for an interview, but Steinbrenner must have found another way out. He left the stadium, and as far as I know, no reporters talked to him.
Instead, the buzz of the day will happen in about a half hour when CC Sabathia throws his first official bullpen of the spring. He’ll be throwing to Jorge Posada, in a group that includes Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre. As planned, A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez will sit out today’s bullpen session.
Andrew Brackman is also sitting this one out. He pitched on Thursday, but Girardi mentioned yesterday that some of the younger players who have had injury issues will be moving along more slowly than everyone else. It seems Brackman falls into that category.
UPDATE: 11:04 a.m.: Sorry, forgot to mention that the Yankees have added a player to camp. Jose Gil gives the Yankees eight catchers. He’s wearing No. 99. I can’t help wondering if this makes him the favorite to open as the starting catcher in High-A Tampa, where the position seems wide open. Gil bounced around the system last season, including some time in Triple-A where I’m pretty sure he never actually got in a game.
By the way, when I looked at the list posted in the clubhouse and said outloud, “Oh, Jose Gil must be here,” people looked at me like I had five heads. He’s not exactly a big name.