Here’s the quick version of today’s notes…
• Joe Girardi insisted that the decision to have Alex Rodriguez rehab in New York has nothing to do with avoiding a distraction. He said the Yankees simply want Rodriguez to rehab with his doctors. “There’s not a lot that he can do here,” Girardi said.
• Fow now the Yankees outfield has Brett Gardner in left and Curtis Granderson in center. Girardi indicated that the Yankees will consider making a change, but for now there has been no real discussion about it. Girardi’s not sure he wants to shake things up. If they decide the switch is worth exploring, the Yankees will make the change early in camp and see how it works.
• The lineup is a work in progress. Girardi gave no indication of his plans for who will leadoff, where Jeter will hit or how he’ll stack the middle of the order. He said he’ll try different things this spring, but the Yankees rarely have all their regulars in the same spring training lineup, so it might be a while before we get a real sense of Girardi’s plans.
• In the catching competition, Austin Romine is not necessarily on equal footing with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart, but Girardi said Romine will get a serious look. “He still has an opportunity here,” Girardi said. Romine said he feels great this spring. He lost some weight and his back hasn’t been bothering him this winter.
• Girardi said that finding a right-handed DH is a priority this spring. He also said he wants to see Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera on the field so he can completely get past worrying about them.
• Didn’t see Rivera or Andy Pettitte this morning, but Michael Pineda is here. So is Cesar Cabral. Between today and yesterday, I believe I’ve seen every pitcher — except Andy and Mo — who has a reasonable chance of making the big league roster. The only catcher in the mix who I didn’t see was Bobby Wilson, but my guess is that he’s around, I just didn’t see him.
• There are two additional rows of lockers in the Yankees clubhouse, and most rows have an extra locker to help fit so many guys. That said, there’s still one empy locker in the clubhouse. It’s the one next to Derek Jeter. It’s good to be the Captain.