The novelty has worn off. There are no more physicals to take. No more press conferences to attend. No more “how was your winter?” handshakes to deliver. All of the players have arrived and the first full-squad workout has gone off without a hitch.
The Yankees are in it now.
Spring training is a familiar routine of bullpens and batting practice. Through the end of the month, we’re going to see pitchers gradually increase workload and — if things work as they’re supposed to — improve velocity, command and effectiveness. We’re going to see position players take more groundballs and flyballs than they can count, then they’re going to get a steady dose of swings meant to get their timing and mechanics in shape.
Settle in folks. The second full squad workout happens this morning, and the spring training routine is in full swing.
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