As you might expect, there wasn’t much news coming out of the Yankees spring training complex today. The big baseball news was the possibility of Joba Chamberlain being pushed back a day or two because of a mild illness, but even that will become a complete non-story if he shows up healthy tomorrow.
Otherwise, it was all fun and games today. The Yankees start the games that (sort of) matter on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be competitive,” Game 1 starter Chad Gaudin said. “I’m going to compete, but I’m not going to prepare the same way I would for a normal start. Physically I’m going to prepare the same way, but as far as having a game plan going against hitters, you’re not going to have that.”
Here’s the Joe Girardi audio from today. Most of it is about the team outing to the arcade, with a few nuts and bolts at the end.
• It rained heavily through the night, but the back field was dry enough for Andy Pettitte to throw his scheduled batting practice session. He threw to two hitters, right-hander Jamie Hoffmann and lefty Juan Miranda.
• Girardi wouldn’t announce tomorrow’s lineup, but said the Yankees have already decided on lineups for the first five spring games. “You’ll see five or six guys that you would anticipate being possibly in the opening-day lineup,” Girardi said.
• He couldn’t remember whether Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson are in the outfield together tomorrow, but Girardi said the Yankees will “definitely” play them together this spring.
• It’s amazing that the Internet has made people aware of 17-year-old Dominican pitchers, but I’ve gotten several emails and read multiple comments about Rafael DePaula and whether the Yankees have signed him or will sign him. “He has not signed (with anyone),” Mark Newman said in an email. “We have seen him several times.”
• Odd story about Yankees minor leaguer Justin Milo, who also played hockey at the University of Vermont before being kicked off the team today. You have to read pretty deep into the story to get a Yankees reference. Thanks to Russel for emailing the link.
• Looks like some of the individual Yankees are going to have to pay back some of their World Series winnings.
• At the very least, Rocco Baldelli drew some Yankees interest on this blog, but it seems he might not be able to play this season. For now, he’s taking a job in the Rays front office.