Didn’t expect to see this on the morning schedule: Live batting practice.
Four different pitchers — Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, D.J. Mitchell and Cesar Cabral — actually faced hitters today. That’s much earlier than usual, but a lot of these guys have been throwing for quite a while, so they’re ahead of the typical spring schedule.
Otherwise, today is more or less what you’d expect from the third workout: Another series of bullpens and the same group of hitters taking batting practice. There are a few clouds in the sky, but otherwise, it’s another nice day for (practice) baseball.
• We heard yesterday that Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to throw off a mound today, but his name is listed only in a group labeled “conditioning.” He’s there with Rivera, Pedro Feliciano, Brad Meyers and Matt Daley. Feliciano is obvoiusly coming back from surgery, Meyers hurt his shoulder lifting weights, and Rivera is Rivera. But I’m not sure what’s going on with Daley. He’s hasn’t thrown a bullpen yet.
• George Kontos said his oblique wasn’t too sore this morning. He’s still hoping this is just a minor setback. He wouldn’t have thrown a bullpen today with or without the injury.
• Ray Kruml, Ronnier Mustelier, Shane Brown and Kyle Roller came over from the minor league complex to face pitchers during this morning’s live batting practice.
• Still no locker assigned to Raul Ibanez or Eric Chavez. The locker Chavez used last season is still open, as is a locker right next to Derek Jeter.
• Today’s bullpen groups:
Phil Hughes (to Gustavo Molina)
Ivan Nova (to Jose Gil)
Michael Pineda (to Francisco Cervelli)
CC Sabathia (to Russell Martin)
Rafael Soriano (to Austin Romine)
Freddy Garcia (to Gary Sanchez)
Hiroki Kuroda (to Russell Martin)
Boone Logan (to Austin Romine)
Dave Robertson (to J.R. Murphy)
Cory Wade (to Kyle Higashioka)
• Batting practice groups:
Group 1: David Adams, Justin Maxwell, Andruw Jones
Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Russell Martin, Austin Romine, Gustavo Molina
Group 3: Jose Gil, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, J.R. Murphy