The clubhouse was open to the media early this morning, and as you might expect, things were pretty quiet in there. It’s a Sunday, first pitch is still nearly three and half hours away, and we seem to have reach the point where guys are wanting the season to get started. Spring training might be necessary, but it starts to drag these last couple of weeks.
So far, notes are pretty light this morning. That’s probably a good thing.
• No update on Joba Chamberlain, who’s scheduled to be released from the hospital today. I’m sure we’ll hear about it when he gets out (or if the doctors decide to keep him a little longer).
• As he was hoping, Andy Pettitte was able to throw his light side today. He’s starting get into his regular-season routine, including a light side between batting practice sessions.
• Also as expected, Derek Jeter is in the lineup. It will be his second game back from a tender left calf. Joe Girardi has said Jeter will play five innings today.
• Curtis Granderson walked quietly to check today’s lineup. He showed absolutely no emotion upon seeing his name batting second and playing center field — no surprise there, obviously — but he actually shouted “Ohhh!” and pointed at the bottom of the order when he saw Eduardo Nunez listed for right field.
• Dave Robertson will pitch this afternoon, making only his second appearance of the spring because of his foot injury. Manny Delcarmen is also scheduled to pitch today.
• Today’s sides: Pettitte, Adam Warren, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda. Brad Meyers and Cory Wade are each throwing batting practice today.
• Today’s available pitchers: Michael Pineda, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson, Manny Delcarmen, Clay Rapada, George Kontos, Pat Venditte, Phil Wetherell and Branden Pinder.
• Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Eric Chavez, 2B Bill Hall, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Brandon Laird, LF Jayson Nix, CF Dewayne Wise, RF Chris Dickerson