A spring training tradition like no other: The simulated game. A.J. Burnett threw one on Thursday, and Andy Pettitte threw one on Friday. Simulated innings are occasionally strange to watch, but Pettitte seemed to get his work in and was sweating when the three “innings” were over. That’s the best the Yankees could do in the rain.
Next week, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will finally split up in their chase for the fifth spot in the rotation. The notebook also has items on Derek Jeter’s health, Francisco Cervelli’s head, Mariano Rivera’s schedule and a few plans for today’s split squad games.