Most of the Yankees writers are heading down to Tampa either Thursday or Friday, Erik Boland and Brian Costello were at the minor league complex this morning, watching some of the early bullpen and batting practice sessions.
The first player to arrive this morning was Phil Hughes, who has a place in Tampa and threw a bullpen session. Hughes told Boland and Costello that he plans to focus on his changeup, especially early in the season. He said the pitch kind of abandoned him late last year, probably because he didn’t use it enough at the beginning.
The Associated Press reported that this was Hughes’ second bullpen of the offseason, and he threw 28 pitches. That actually seems like a lot for February 7.
Among the other early arrivals was Derek Jeter, who has already worked with Kevin Long this winter.
“I’ve always been pretty good in my career in terms of forgetting about previous seasons, whether it was a good season or a bad season,” Jeter told the AP. “You have to forget about it and move on.”