Mariano Rivera was not in camp today. His kids have been sick, and Rivera asked to stay home until everything clears up. He was planning to get into Tampa at some point today.
“Even when he’s here he’s got a different program, and it’s obviously one that works,” Brian Cashman said.
The illness isn’t especially bad — “flu stuff” is the way Cashman described it — but Rivera wanted to stay home with the kids, and the Yankees had no problem with it.
What is there to say? It’s Mo.
• Hector Noesi is also not in camp. He had some visa issues and hasn’t been able to report. No word on when he’s supposed to get here.
• Brian Schlitter has been claimed off waivers by the Phillies. He reported to Yankees camp yesterday morning, was designated for assignment yesterday afternoon, threw a bullpen for the Yankees this morning, and was packing his bags this afternoon.
• Brett Gardner has been hitting and throwing with no pain or discomfort. Apparently because he’s a rehab guy, he’s allowed to be in camp before the other position players.
• Despite Jorge Posada’s comment this morning that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Andy Pettitte come out of retirement before the end of the season, Joe Girardi said he’s not counting on such a return. “Andy has always been pretty true to what he says,” Girardi said.
• One day down with no major injuries to report. Girardi said nothing unexpected popped up today.
Associated Press photo of Joba Chamberlain