For the first time since the World Series, Mariano Rivera threw off a mound yesterday. While most every other pitcher in camp follows the same, carefully crafted spring schedule, Rivera does his own thing. The years have taught him that he requires only a handful of spring innings to be ready for the season.
A.J. Burnett also threw off a mound yesterday, facing hitters and working to refine his changeup. The notebook also has items on Chan Ho Park, Damaso Marte, Andy Pettitte, Andrew Brackman and today’s mystery team outing.
Off the field, Alex Rodriguez will be interviewed as part of a federal investigation into a Canadian doctor connected to performance enhancing drugs.
Not sure when we’ll find out what the Yankees are doing today, but we probably have an hour or two until the announcement. Feel free to use this post to lock in your guess. I’m going with miniature golf.
Now that I’ve had my coffee, let me change that prediction by realizing the obvious: It poured in Tampa last night. There’s a tarp on the field at Steinbrenner Field and the idea of mini-golf seems absurd. I’ll let you know when we get the official word.