RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 in 2009)
RHP Shaun Marcum (did not pitch in 2009)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., MY9/WCBS
WEATHER: Should be sunny, and maybe a little warmer than yesterday. It’s slowly starting to feel like Florida down here, and the forcast calls for the mid-60s. I’d bet on plenty of wind, too.
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Paul Emmel
ON THE LINE: The fifth-starter candidates have the day off, but A.J. Burnett will be making his debut and working on a changeup that he plans to throw a little more often this season. Should be interesting to see just how often he throws it and how well he throws it.
BACK ON THE MOUND: Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum missed all of last season with an elbow injury. Marcum pitched pretty well for the Blue Jays a few years ago and could become a key part of their rotation now that Roy Halladay is gone.
FAMILIAR FACES: A note from the Yankees PR department: Of the 66 players in camp, 37 were either originally drafted or signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees, 23 played in at least one game for New York last season and 27 have appeared in a game with the Yankees at some point in their careers.
THEY’RE BACK: The four players in camp who played for the Yankees in the past, but not in 2009: Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Marcus Thames and Kei Igawa.
UPDATE, 8:06 a.m.: Andrew Brackman is scheduled to make his spring debut today. Jonathan Albaladejo, Boone Logan, Mark Melancon, Jason Hirsh, Romulo Sanchez and Amaury Sanit are also available out of the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: A few notes from this morning.
• Jamie Hoffmann is scheduled to get his first turn in center field this afternoon. Scheduled to play off the bench: C Mike Rivera, 1B Jorge Vazquez, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Colin Curtis, CF Hoffmann, RF David Winfree, DH Austin Romine.
• Sunday’s pitchers: Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin, Kei Igawa, Wilkins Arias, D.J. Mitchell, Ryan Pope, Amaury Sanit, Kevin Whelan. Obviously they’re making a lot of the young guys make the long trip to Fort Myers.
• Position players not making the trip on Sunday: Posada, Rivera, Romine, Jeter, Johnson, Rodriguez, Granderson and Winn.
• Christian Garcia is throwing a bullpen today and is scheduled to make his spring debut on Monday. Other pitchers throwing side sessions today: CC Sabathia, Zack Segovia, Zach McAllister and Ivan Nova.
• Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte got up to 30 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. They’re scheduled to pitch again on Monday. “I think next time is a BP,” Rivera said.
UPDATE, 9:12 a.m.: Forgot to mention, today is Francisco Cervelli’s 24th birthday.
UPDATE, 9:27 a.m.: It’s a few days old, but I just saw it this morning. According to the Can-Am League’s site, the Yankees have signed independent leaguer Myron Leslie to a minor league deal. Leslie played in the Oakland organization until last year. He plays all four corners and has shown some power in the past. He could be a utility guy for either Trenton or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
UPDATE, 9:54 a.m.: Welcome back Jose Molina, who’s starting at catcher for the Blue Jays. Catching prospects Travis D’Arnaud and J.P. Arencibia also made this trip, as did pitching prospect, Zach Jackson. Watch first baseman Brian Dopirak if he gets in the game. He was once a significant prospect with the Cubs, and he’s starting to get some of his luster back with the Blue Jays. Huge power. Some of the minor league pitchers were talking about him the other day, hoping he’d make this trip. Apparently he looks terrifying, but he’s one of the nicest guys in the game.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: Not a cloud in the sky as we’re getting ready for the first pitch here in Tampa. Checked in with Nick Johnson earlier: “Took a few swings,” he said. “Felt loose.”
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Burnett’s day is done after an inning and a third. He could have gotten through this second inning, but allowed two-out base hits to Jose Bautista and Aaron Hill. TV had his fastball at 94-95, which is pretty impressive for his first spring start. I’ll be interested to hear what he says about the changeup.
Amaury Sanit is in to finish the second.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Burnett threw 36 pitches, 24 for strikes. That’s better than either Hughes or Chamberlain did yesterday.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: I don’t remember him making an especially dazzling play this spring, but Ramiro Pena continues to show he’s a nice glove man all around the infield. Kevin Russo had some good at-bats yesterday, and I remain a big Russo believer, but the utility job does seem to be Pena’s to lose.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Just got back from the clubhouse where A.J. Burnett said he was happy with the changeup. He estimated that he threw 10 of them, and used them to lefties and righties. He basically threw a changeup whenever he wanted to throw a curveball.
Still no update on Francisco Cervelli, who was hit in the head by a fastball just as the clubhouse was opening for us to talk to Burnett. Should have an update on him soon.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: Cervelli has a concussion and will undergo a precautionary CT Scan.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Brandon Laird is in at third and Reegie Corona is in at short. Jonathan Albaladejo is in to pitch.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Walking around the clubhouse, Jonathan Albaladejo looks terrific. He’s lost a lot of weight and said he feels much better when the team is running, but on the mound he’s really struggled in each of his appearances.
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: What a brutal, brutal, brutal third of an inning for Albaladejo. He faced the entire Blue Jays lineup, and his only out was a line drive that was drilled into Juan Miranda’s glove. He’s already charged with five runs, and the bases are loaded. In spring training, there’s no coming back from an outing like this. His ERA is going to be terrible all spring.
Mark Melancon is in to try to clean up the mess.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Good work by Melancon.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Curtis in left, Hoffmann in center, Winfree in right, Russo at second, Vazquez at first and P.J. Pilittere catching. Mike Rivera was listed as today’s backup catcher, but Pilittere is getting the nod. I wonder if Rivera might now go to tomorrow’s road game to catch Gaudin and Mitre.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Colin Curtis with a ground-rule double to left. It’s all about making an impression for Curtis, and so far he’s done that. I don’t think he can make this team out of camp, but he can do enough to make Joe Girardi want to call on him if/when the Yankees need a spare outfielder.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Andrew Brackman now pitching. Should be fun.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: Or maybe it won’t be so fun. That was J.P. Arencibia’s second home run of the spring.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Just talked to Cervelli. Tests came back negative. He’s dizzy and has a headache, but he should be OK. “Rest a couple of days and be back,” he said.