One last calm day in the Bronx before the Yankees fly to Texas. Right now everything is pretty quiet. The field is setup for today’s simulated game, and just after I snapped a picture, A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez walked into center field to begin warming up.
In what might be a telling assignment, Francisco Cervelli has his gear on and is playing catch with Burnett. Looks like Cervelli is going to catch the sim game.
UPDATE, 12:14 p.m.: The simulated baseball has begun with a surprise addition to the Yankees lineup. Curtis Granderson got two “first inning” at-bats against Burnett. He chopped one a ball back to the mound, then struck out swinging. The highlight so far: Austin Kearns losing the grip on his bat and sending it flying into the stands behind the third-base dugout
Cervelli is, in fact, catching Burnett.
UPDATE, 12:19 p.m.: Brett Gardner has come onto the field, but he’s strictly going through some base-running drills at third base with Rob Thomson. He getting his lead, taking his secondary lead, then deciding whether to go or stay on every pitch. There’s a screen in front of Gardner, so at most he can only take a few steps toward the plate, but he seems to be working on his reads. It’s the kind of drill a high school team would find incredibly boring, but here’s Gardner — a good runner — working on it two days before the ALCS. Pretty cool.
UPDATE, 12:25 p.m.: We have a new highlight of the day, and this one will be tough to beat. There has been absolutely nothing on the video board, but out of no where, the scoreboard staff just showed the clip of first-base coach Mick Kelleher getting hit in the … umm … middle of his body … by a bad throw during the ALDS. The sim game had to be stopped for just a moment so everyone could finish laughing, including Kelleher.