Joe Girardi more or less gave Alex Rodriguez one day off — or at least a DH day — every week last season. The days off were scheduled ahead of time, and Girardi said he doesn’t remember Rodriguez ever asking to rest.
“If we feel he needs a day once a week (this year), we’ll give him a day,” Girardi said. “If we think he can go more, we’ll go more.”
The one thing that might go overlooked about Rodriguez’s press conference this afternoon is the fact he said he’s healthy. He’s bounced back from his hip injury even better than his doctors expected, and come opening day, that might be the biggest difference between this year’s Yankees and last year’s Yankees.
Here’s the Girardi audio from today.
• The Yankees will continue to have live batting practice the next three days. Almost every pitcher in camp will throw BP twice. CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Andy Pettitte will throw BP once. It’s still unclear whether Mariano Rivera or Damaso Marte will throw BP, but it seems unlikely.
• Andy Pettitte and Chris Garcia threw bullpen sessions this morning. Garcia skipped his previous bullpen because of a tight elbow but said he felt “really good” after today’s.
• Reggie Jackson was here today.
• I know I can’t complain to anyone up in the city, but it was unseasonably chilly in Tampa today. Temperatures were in the 40s. “It’s really not all bad to have days like this, because obviously we’re going to have them in April and May,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to get used to the colder weather, but we got everything in. There were no problems.”
• The list posted in the clubhouse said Brandon Laird would take ground balls at second base during batting practice. Instead, he took them at first. Makes much more sense.
• Kei Igawa said he has not been told that he’ll be working as a reliever when the season starts. He expects to work as a reliever in spring training, but still expects to start when if he opens the season in Scranton.
You might not recognize him with the hair, but that’s Brett Gardner signing autographs in the smaller picture. The picture at the top is of the outfielders going through fielding drills. The wind was a beast, blowing the ball all over the place.