More notes a little bit later, but for now, here are some of the immediately noteworthy items from the Yankees clubhouse. First and foremost, it’s beginning to look like Gustavo Molina is going to make the team.
Today, a reporter told Joe Girardi that Molina’s chances — at the very least — seem to have improved in the past few days.
“Very good observation,” he said.
You’ll remember that earlier this spring Girardi was talking about the value of a young catcher learning at the big league level. Today, his answer about the backup catching situation was much, much different.
“(Molina)’s a guy we’re looking at,” he said. “With Cervi going down, and you have young kids that you really consider as everyday players, prospects. You want them to play everyday. If you feel there’s a need that you have to take one of them, you will. Molina does have big league experience. We’ve given the young kids a lot of looks, and we’re giving Molina some looks now too so that we feel that we’re making the right decision, what’s right for everyone, the team (and) these young guys careers.
“These are kids that have only caught every day one year. The determination is, do you want to take them out of that for a month (or) a month and a half and retard their development a little bit? That’s a decision we have to make. Or do you want to go with a veteran guy who has caught in the major leagues and knows how to do it?”
• Cervelli will go to the doctor this week and said he expects to have the protective boot taken off on Tuesday.
• Curtis Granderson will do some light running and agility today. Girardi said it’s still uncertain whether Granderson will be able to open on the big league roster, but new addition Chris Dickerson is someone the Yankees would look at to take his place if necessary.
• Nick Swisher probably could have played right field, Girardi said, but they decided to give him a DH day instead. Swisher fouled a ball of his foot yesterday.
• Manny Banuelos will start tomorrow’s big league game. CC Sabathia will pitch at the minor league complex.
• Girardi wouldn’t fully commit to Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon making the roster, but he made it clear that all three are almost certainly going to break camp with the team in one role or another. “You don’t want to say everything is etched in stone,” Girardi said. “But it’s a little clearer.”