On the day after Hank Steinbrenner basically accused Derek Jeter of caring more about his mansion than his performance, Jeter stood at his locker this morning and laughed. Then he laughed some more.
“I’m not upset,” he said over and over again.
I’m sure he’s not. Jeter reminded us all that his name never specifically mentioned — though it was impossible to take Steinbrenner’s comments as a reference to anyone but the Captain — and he said an owner should always be allowed to state his opinion. That was true of George Steinbrenner, and it has to be true for Hank.
“An owner is an owner,” Jeter said.
Really, this whole thing seemed to be a running joke in the Yankees clubhouse. Everyone laughed a little when it was brought up. One Yankee said he wasn’t the one in trouble. “I built a deer stand,” he said. These things are easy to blow off at the moment. The only lingering concern would be whether this will become a regular occurrence. It’s one thing to be asked about a random mansion comment in spring training, it’s another to be asked about a random mansion comment five or six times a year.
“I’m not moving,” Jeter said. “So we won’t be talking about this again.”
• Bradley Suttle said Mark Prior looked pretty sharp during this morning’s live batting practice session. He said Prior was throwing a fastball, slider and a kind of forkball. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Prior, but my guess is that he uses the forkball as a substitute for a changeup.
• Suttle is a switch hitter, but because the Yankees want their pitcher to face both lefties and righties, he took some right-handed at-bats against Prior. He also took some left-handed at-bats against Boone Logan, who also threw live batting practice this morning. It’s a strange feeling, Suttle said.
• CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett threw regular bullpens this morning. The big league starters are different schedules than the relievers. Phil Hughes said he’s not facing batters until tomorrow. Some pitchers are now on a schedule of throwing one day, then taking two off before pitching again.
• Rafael Soriano is scheduled to throw a bullpen this morning.
• For those of you really into numbers, Addison Maruszak is wearing No. 76.
• Tomorrow is photo day for the Yankees. The sign in the clubhouse says to wear home whites, long sleeves and game hats. There’s also this note: “Please be Clean Shaven.”
• Live batting practice:
Freddy Garcia (to Kyle Higashioka)
Luis Ayala (to Gustavo Molina)
Buddy Carlyle (to Gustavo Molina)
Ryan Pope (to Austin Romine)
Bartolo Colon (to Francisco Cervelli)
Sergio Mitre (to Jesus Montero)
Robert Fish (to Jesus Montero)
Hector Noesi (to Jose Gil)
• Hitting groups:
Infield Group 1: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Jorge Posada
Infield Group 2: Ronnie Belliard, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Kyle Higashioka
Infield Group 3: Doug Bernier, Brad Suttle, Jorge Vazquez, Addison Maruszak, Gustavo Molina
Infield Group 4: Eric Chavez, Brandon Laird, Kevin Russo, Austin Romine
Outfield Group 1: Greg Golson, Andruw Jones, Nick Swisher, Russell Martin
Outfield Group 2: Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Justin Maxwell, Francisco Cervelli
Outfield Group 3: Daniel Brewer, Austin Krum, Ramiro Pena, Jesus Montero
Outfield Group 4: Colin Curtis, Jordan Parraz, Melky Mesa, Jose Gil
• Fielding groups: Exact same as yesterday
Catcher Group 1: Jose Gil, Russell Martin, Gustavo Molina, Jesus Montero
Catcher Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Jorge Posada, Austin Romine
Infield Group 1: Doug Bernier, Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brad Suttle, Jorge Vazquez
Infield Group 2: Ronnie Belliard, Brandon Laird, Ramiro Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Russo, Mark Teixeira
Outfield Group 1: Daniel Brewer, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, Austin Krum, Jordan Parraz
Outfield Group 2: Colin Curtis, Brett Gardner, Greg Golson, Justin Maxwell, Melky Mesa, Nick Swisher
Associated Press photos of Jeter (on the day he arrived in camp) and Prior (during this morning’s live BP)