Fair warning, there’s absolutely no news value in the first part of this post. I just want to pass along a pretty fun exchange with Joe Girardi during his daily meeting with the writers. He was talking about just how little can be gathered from some batting practice sessions when he said, “At times, I think I could still hit BP. Not live BP, but regular BP.”
Girardi later amended that to say he might not be able to hit Kevin Long during BP. “He actually throws pretty hard,” he said.
This bit of information got us started asking Girardi just how much he could still do on a baseball diamond. For example, could he catch a rookie ball game?
“No way!” he said, with the exclamation point absolutely necessary. “It would be easier catching up here because you know where the ball’s going. At the rookie level it would be kind of tough. It would be in the dirt a lot… I think I could make nine innings, it would be the next day that would be a problem.”
Technically, Girardi went off the record with us for a while — though it was only to talk about something he had already discussed publicly — so I don’t want to post his audio. Instead, here’s a little bit of Jorge Posada talking about the rotation competition.
• The Yankees have decided who will start the spring opener on Wednesday, but they aren’t going to announce it until tomorrow. “I have not had a chance to talk to the human that is,” Girardi said. So we’ve narrowed it down to a human. Good to know.
• Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte will throw their first bullpen sessions on Monday.
• CC Sabathia throws live batting practice tomorrow. A.J. Burnett will throw BP on Monday, Andy Pettitte on Tuesday and Javier Vazquez on Wednesday. They’re skipping Sunday because of that off day at the beginning of the regular season.
• Girardi on how the Yankees will use Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson in the exhibition games: “We’ll put them in both spots. We’ll put them in center and left. Get them where we can evaluate whether they’re comfortable in left. We know that they’re comfortable in center.”
• Girardi would not say what the Yankees will do as a team outing on Tuesday, or even publicly admit that Tuesday will be a day off — remember that off the record part of today’s session? — but he did say: “There won’t be many stories to write Tuesday.”