There’s only so much to talk about with only pitchers and catchers in camp. Even these bullpen sessions don’t mean a whole lot.
“You don’t put a lot of stock into bullpens, especially this early in camp,” Joe Girardi said. “I just think it’s unfair to do that. The last thing I want is someone thinking is that I want to see more in a bullpen, because then they’re going to try to do too much and end up getting hurt.”
Camp will finally get a little more lively tomorrow when position players report for their physicals, and we’ll be in the full swing of things with the first full-squad workout on Sunday.
“It’s hard to believe we start games in a week,” Girardi said.
• Rafael Soriano has not yet thrown a bullpen. Girardi said Soriano will probably get on a mound for the first time next week. The Yankees don’t need Soriano to get stretched out beyond one inning, and they aren’t expecting a heavy workload when the spring schedule starts. “We’re not going to ask him to make 13 or 14 appearances,” Girardi said.
• Soriano will wait until next week to get off a mound, Mariano Rivera will wait “maybe a little longer” according to Girardi. Whenever Rivera needs to pitch off a mound, he’ll pitch off a mound. This is a pretty polished process.
• A lot of the pitchers who are already pitching off a mound are slightly ahead of last year’s schedule. “We’ve had a lot of kids who have been down here for a while throwing in Tampa,” Girardi said. “Maybe they are a little bit ahead.”
• Hector Noesi is still dealing with visa issues, but Girardi said there’s a chance he’ll be in camp — in uniform and ready to pitch — on Sunday. “I’m hoping it doesn’t have much of an impact,” Girardi said. “I hope he’s been doing his throwing, and I’m sure he has been doing his throwing.”
• Speaking of guys showing up, Girardi said he expects every position player to be in camp on time this weekend. As far as he knows, no one is going to be late.
• I went to the minor league complex very briefly this morning to see which position players were going through one last day of hitting. There were only minor league guys at the complex when I was there. One of the guards said Ramiro Pena was the only big leaguer he saw taking BP today.
• Gustavo Molina didn’t catch today. He felt some pain in his leg, but Girardi said it’s very minor. “Nothing alarming,” he said.
• Greg Golson got an early start moving into his locker. He showed up this afternoon wearing street clothes and carrying a big box full of stuff.
• Some people had asked about Alan Horne, who’s been battling injuries since being name Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 2007. Now coming back from a shoulder injury, Horne is throwing in Tampa and scheduled to pitch off a half mound some time around March 1.
• If you’re ever in a spring training press box with a good set of headphones, and you need to write a newspaper story about Freddy Garcia, Alexi Murdoch makes rock solid writing music.
Associated Press photos of Francisco Cervelli and Soriano