This was a pretty light day in Yankees camp. Except for fielding drills, none of the big leaguers were on a mound. Position players still have not officially reported for camp. Even the minor league guys had it fairly easy today.
Without much action, the highlight of the day was the early work from Michael Pineda. Joe Girardi said Pineda looked “pretty good,” but what exactly is Girardi even looking for at this point?
“A little bit of arm speed,” Girardi explained. “How the ball comes out of his hand. His mechanics. Does he need a lot of time in between pitches? Those are the things that you look for. When they start taking a lot of time between pitches, you get a little bit concerned. He was, here it is, right to work.”
Girardi said it will be a while before radar gun readings mean anything for Pineda. Right now, the Yankees just want to make sure the delivery itself is nice and easy. Pineda said today’s session went well, and he’s experienced no setbacks in his recovery from shoulder sugery.
“It’s good to see him up there, it really is,” Girardi said.
• For obvious reasons, Cesar Cabral is easily overshadowed in this situation. He’s on basically the exact same schedule as Pineda, but could be big league ready sooner because he’s a left-handed reliever who doesn’t need to be stretched out. Cabral also threw 25 pitches this morning. “He’s progressing well,” Girardi said. “He’s a guy that, we like the upside in him. We like his arm. But he won’t be quite ready (by the end of spring training).”
• In case you’ve forgotten, Cabral had a chance to beat Clay Rapada for a big league job last spring. It wasn’t until the end of camp that the Yankees discovered a fracture in his elbow. “He had a shot,” Girardi said. “He sure did.”
• Girardi said CC Sabathia is still on schedule to throw a bullpen tomorrow. I believe Sabathia will be the final Yankees pitcher in big league camp to get on a mound. He’ll certainly be the final no-doubt-about-it big league pitcher to get on a mound.
• Francisco Cervelli said today that he won’t play in the World Baseball Classic. I’d heard that previously but hadn’t checked with him to make sure.
• Still no word on when Jorge Posada is going to show up as a guest instructor. “I’m not sure when exactly he’s coming,” Girardi said. “Our guest instructors kind of make their own schedule. A lot of guys kind of like to wait until the games start.”
• New reliever Shawn Kelley showed up today. He’s wearing No. 27.
• Also a handful of infielders showed up at big league camp to get their lockers settled. Jayson Nix was here. So were Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph.
• Random observation from today’s workout: After going through PFP, the pitchers were running along the warning track on one of the back fields. They were in groups of six or so, including one group of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and … Shane Greene. One of these things is not like the others.
• Girardi said the Yankees will quickly make up for today’s light day. He called tomorrow a “crazy day” with a lot of bullpens and batting practice sessions planned.
Associated Press photos, the Cabral shot is from last year