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First impressions from the full squad

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kind of an unusual day today. Pretty much the entire beat spent the late morning and early afternoon standing around in the corridor beneath the stands, waiting for players to either talk to the media or go to the field for workouts. There wasn’t much of either, mostly just a bunch of fruitless standing around.

But, the full team — most of it anyway — is finally in camp. A few quick thoughts on the first day with the full roster:

• Alex Rodriguez is slightly thinner. It’s not a drastic difference, not something that jumped out at me when I saw him, but Joe Girardi acknowledged that his third baseman lost a little bit of weight this offseason. “That was his idea,” Girardi said. Sounds like the Yankees were on board, though.

• Robinson Cano isn’t here yet. Girardi wouldn’t say why Cano wasn’t in camp this morning, but Cano is expected to arrive late this afternoon or early this evening. He’ll be ready for tomorrow’s full-squad workout.

• The only other position player who stands out as someone I didn’t see was Ronnie Belliard. But I might have just missed him. Girardi said everyone will be here at some point today.

• Nick Swisher was his old self, happy as ever. He said he’s enjoying the married life. “Amazing,” he said. “Loving it.” He kept his offseason routine the exact same this year as last year. If it ain’t broke…

• Mark Teixeira said his hamstring injury took only four or five weeks to heal. It was the bruised hand and broken toe that didn’t feel 100 percent until early January. “I’m going to get hit with pitches, I’m going to dive and jam stuff,” Teixeira said. “You just have to play through it and hope for the best.”

• It’s easy to see why the Justin Maxwell scouting reports rave about his athleticism. The guy is tall and lean. He just looks like a guy who can go get the ball in center field and drive the ball gap to gap. Of course, I like him because when I told him I went to Missouri he immediately started asking about Kareem Rush. The guy knows some Mizzou basketball. What’s not to like?

• Colin Curtis went from having a locker last spring that was tucked in a rather obscure, decidedly minor league portion of the room, to having a spot in the back row with Swisher, Teixeira, Eric Chavez, Curtis Granderson and Andruw Jones.

• Since I wasn’t around a computer this morning to post the bullpen assignments, I’ll post them here. CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Prior all threw early this morning, leaving only two groups for the regular bullpens.

Group 1
Bartolo Colon (to Austin Romine)
Freddy Garcia (to Jesus Montero)
Sergio MItre (to Gustavo Molina)
Boone Logan (to Jose Gil)

Group 2
Luis Ayala (to Francisco Cervelli)
Buddy Carlyle (to Gustavo Molina)
Robert Fish (to Jose Gil)
Ryan Pope (to Kyle Higashioka)

Associated Press photos of Jeter and Swisher





28 Responses to “First impressions from the full squad”

  1. Crawdaddy February 19th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the answer on Arod looking leaner. I heard he was going to lose some muscle mass in order to increase his flexibility.

  2. Joe from Long Island February 19th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    It may sound trivial, but I love reading this stuff. Thanks for keeping us posted, Chad.

    Go St. John’s!

  3. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Joe, you’re welcome! It was really nice to hear those things from Phil – not that I’m surprised.

    I’m sure Cano is fine – it is puzzling that he didn’t ask for permission, but he did spent the off-season working hard and from what I’ve seen and read, it seems like he wants to be great. I don’t think there will be any issues with him..

    I’m looking for a healthy Alex to have a huge year.

  4. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    How could anyone NOT like Nick Swisher? The guy looks like the type of bud you would want to go play golf with.

  5. Pat M. February 19th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Doc from Long Island……Looking like I didn’t need the 4 points after all…….Happy for Coach Lavin, he took a beating out here during his last few years at UCLA…..

  6. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    It is this type of dedication and knowledge of his own body that keeps ARod at the top of the game. I’m sure he got a lot of hip and lower back work in this off-season, and will be in great shape to make another run at MVP award.

  7. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 2:14 pm


    Did Nick’s off-season workouts include boxing again this year?

  8. Doreen February 19th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Chad -

    Thanks for the detailed updates. :)

  9. Pat M. February 19th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Great game at The Garden as The Johnnie’s come back to upset The Pitt Pathers !!!!!

  10. pat February 19th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Pictures from today

  11. Joe from Long Island February 19th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    What a drive by Hardy! That was some kind of athletic move. Baryshnikov, indeed!

    Nice touch, playing Frankie singing “New York, New York” after the game. Reminded me of another NY team…..

  12. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t like St. John’s, but basketball at the Garden is back and that’s only a good thing.

  13. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I have a completely opposite personality from Nick, but he’s always so happy and appreciative of everything – and that’s something I admire about him.

  14. Laura - I Bleed Blue February 19th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Alex is definitely a little lighter judging from those pics. I’m expecting huge numbers from him this year.

  15. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    That pic of CC and Jeter is cool, lol……….I also love Alex’s greeting; is he trying to look like Mr. Spock?

  16. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Wow, AJ’s left arm……..he’s a cool dude, but he is seriously going to regret this when he’s in his 40′s and 50′s, lol. My cousin was a “hippie” and got a huge dragon tattoo on her back. It’s too big for her to remove, so let’s just say she’s rather embarrassed by it now.

  17. tampayank February 19th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    My friend saw Jeter at Starbucks, he left about 10 minutes ago….w/ as much as he’s seen there, he should be a stockholder there :)

  18. Ys Guy February 19th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    betsy, its no better living in fear of what you might regret than it is regretting what you actually did.

  19. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Ys guy, I would agree with that. Whatever makes AJ (or whomever) happy, that’s ok by me.

  20. Ys Guy February 19th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    jeter’s hooked on ped’s. at least i consider coffee a ped, i cant do anything in the morning till i have some.

  21. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Good article – the Yanks are going to miss Andy. CC needs to be “that guy” for Phil and the rest of the kids. Maybe one day Phil can be that guy, but obviously not yet………Lloyd, lol

    “We talked every day, but it wasn’t like he would try to impose, unless I was obviously struggling,” Phil Hughes said. “And even then, he wouldn’t come up to me and just spurt out some advice. It would be: ‘How you doing? Where’s your head at now?’

    “I’d offer up that maybe I wasn’t comfortable with something, or confident. He would bring up a time where he felt the same way. It was always so genuine. That doesn’t seem like much to people outside, but it goes so far.”

    “Andy was just one of those guys; he could get to anybody,” Sabathia said. “I feel like I can talk to guys, but I don’t think I’m in the position yet where I can fill the void Andy left. I don’t think anyone can. Hopefully one day I can get to that point, but I don’t know if this is the year for that.”

    What would it take?

    Sabathia laughed and said, “Win five World Series?”

  22. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Just got back from fanfest. We left early because the lines were insanely long and autographs were 40. The way they have it set up is you have to pick a player and stand in their line, if you want someone elses autograph then you have to go get in their line, they don’t have it set up like a long line you go down and get them all at once. I told my friends who are still there to get me david price autograph so well see how that goes. We got to walk through the clubhouse and the Ted Williams museum. They have a thing for Derek Jeter that says 3000 hits, a little preemptive. Ill post pictures later.

  23. pat February 19th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    BloggingBombers Cano’s no-show has been solved. Team source said he simply mixed up reporting dates and thought Sunday was physicals. He’ll be here tomorrow

  24. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Oops, Cano, lol

  25. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    No Johnny Damon sightings unfortunately, but I found out my 9 year old cousin likes the Yankees though she doesn’t know any of the players names. I’m going to take her to some Tampa Yankee games.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “I wasn’t aware that opting out of a conversation is grounds for dismissal. Is it?”

    I checked the TOS. You’re safe. Bojo, apparently not everybody catches on at the same pace, and apparently some people never catch on. What can you do.


    I find such an ugliness to posters who automatically make negative comments or try to cast any kind of doubt (“I hope that this doesn’t mean yada yada yada!”) any time an unusual situation crops up. What kind of deficient mind always reaches for the worst? Sickening. Thank you pat for the information on Robby.

    ANYONE WITH ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THAT KID WOULD NEVER THINK THAT HE WAS TRYING TO PULL ANYTHING FAST. You have to be a complete f’n moron to even go there. Or a Sux fan pretending to be a Yankee fan. Or the most uninformed, unaware, unobservant Yankee fan in the world.

  27. austinmac February 19th, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    I saw Jeter and Minka at an Austin Starbucks a year ago. It was sad I didn’t notice the gorgeous woman at first.jeter held the door open for my wife and me coming out. He’s a nice boy.

    I too thank you for your spring training “coverage”.

  28. MikeD February 19th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    It’s interesting that you mentioned A-Rod is lighter. Jeter looks lighter to me, too, although maybe it’s because he’s in his street clothes. Wouldn’t be susprised, though, if Jeter also changed his work-out routine to try and increase his flexbility. Both are always in great shape, but both are also now in their mid-30s, and the flexibility they once took for granted is no longer a given without a little extra work.

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