Joe Girardi had a big cup of coffee in front of him this morning and, when someone asked if he was a big coffee guy, Girardi nodded vigorously. “Three kids,” he said, by way of explanation.
Anyway, there aren’t too many newsy updates coming out of The Boss this morning, but here are the highlights:
• Francisco Cervelli will see a team doctor over at the minor-league complex today (the minor leaguers are having physicals). He’ll also see a neurologist tomorrow and the Yankees are being careful. “It’s scary,” Girardi said when asked about head injuries. “Hopefully he’ll be back in a few days but we’ll be cautious.”
• Nick Johnson’s back is feeling better and he’ll take BP today.
• Tony Pena is not with the team today because he’s got the flu. He’ll see the doc, too.
• Girardi isn’t worried about Andrew Brackman struggling with his command a little yesterday. “His mechanics are a lot cleaner than they were,” he said. Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Chan-Ho Park will throw live BP tomorrow. Park could get in a game by the weekend, if not sooner.
• The Yankees have a split-squad day tomorrow and Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn are among the players heading to Bradenton to face the Pirates. Alfredo Aceves will start that game, while Javier Vazquez will face the Phillies at The Boss.
Andy Pettitte – not particularly interested in making the two-hour trip to Fort Myers – will throw a simulated game here shortly. Then it’s off to The Fort to see Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin against the Twinkies.