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Monday morning notes: Rivera faces hitters again (with video)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


Mariano Rivera faced hitters for the second time since last year’s torn ACL. The video above is of Rivera throwing to outfielder Adonis Garcia (the video might have been better, but I wasn’t allowed any closer).

“The swings didn’t tell me much,” Rivera said. “I was telling them what I was throwing, but I felt good.”

As he’s said all along, Rivera insisted that live batting practice and bullpens aren’t a significant test. He’s been able to throw for a while now, and he’s just looking forward to getting into games to practice fielding bunts and covering first base.

“I don’t feel nothing (in the knee),” Rivera said. “The big thing is going to be game situations. That’s it. I don’t think about it at all. I don’t know if you guys have seen me run, I’m not even thinking about it. I’m running normal, like nothing ever happened.”

• Before Curtis Granderson’s injury, it was easy to dismiss guys like Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte as all but certain to open in Triple-A. Now they’re in the mix for a big league spot, and Girardi said he’ll be paying close attention as he tries to decide whether a young guy might be a better short-term option than either Matt Diaz or Juan Rivera. “I want someone who can do everything,” Girardi said. “Is that too much to ask? I don’t know.”

• Girardi made it clear that top prospects Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin are not really candidates for the big league opening. Neither has significant playing time above High-A. Didn’t specifically ask, but I’m assuming Ramon Flores is in the same boat.

• CC Sabathia faced hitters this morning. He’ll take two days off then face hitters again. He’s throwing sliders these days and said his elbow has been fine. “No problem,” Sabathia said. “Felt normal.”

• Phil Hughes said he walked and did some side-to-side work in the pool yesterday. He also did some shoulder exercises. Everything went well, and he’s been told that he’ll probably see the doctor on Wednesday to assess his progress. “Obviously I want to get back as soon as I can,” Hughes said. “But I’m not going ot rush it.”

• Girardi announced more upcoming starters.
Tuesday: Jose Ramirez
Wednesday: Nik Turley
Thursday: David Phelps (home), Brett Marshall (road)

• Worth watching tomorrow in Tampa: Andy Pettitte will throw live batting practice to Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin. Also tomorrow, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Hiroki Kuroda and Boone Logan will throw bullpens.

• Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Greg Bird, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Walter Ibarra, 3B Corban Joseph, LF Ramon Flores, CF Slade Heathcott, RF Tyler Austin, DH Zoilo Almonte

• Today’s listed pitchers: Vidal Nuno, Bryan Mitchell, Corey Black, Shane Greene, Ryan Pope, Kelvin Perez, Josh Spence, Chase Whitley

• David Phelps, Brett Marshall, Nik Turley, Mike O’Brien and Matt Tracy each threw bullpens today.

Live batting practice
Facing Francisco Arcia, Rob Segedin, Thomas Neal and Adonis Garcia
Ivan Nova (throwing to Bobby Wilson)
CC Sabathia (Wilson)
Mariano Rivera (Chris Stewart)
David Aardsma (Stewart)
Clay Rapada (J.R. Murphy)
Shawn Kelley (Murphy)
Tom Kahnle (Arcia)

• Players staying behind for a workout in Tampa have been divided into these batting practice groups:
Group 1
Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Eduardo Nunez, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 2
Travis Hafner, Luke Murton, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis
Group 3
J.R. Murphy, Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson

• Tomorrow’s travel roster
Pitchers: Juan Cedeno, Joba Chamberlain, Preston Claiborne, Matt Daley, Jim Miller, Zach Nuding, Mike O’Brien, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Jose Ramirez, Dave Robertson, Francisco Rondon
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Bobby Wilson
Infielders: Greg Bird, Robinson Cano, Cito Culver, Travis Hafner, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Rob Segedin, Mark Teixeira, Gil Velazquez, Kevin Youkilis
Outfielders: Matt Diaz, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, Ichiro Suzuki

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71 Responses to “Monday morning notes: Rivera faces hitters again (with video)”

  1. PacoDooley February 25th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Not exactly the ‘A’ lineup starting or backing up – I’ll watch, but it’s a shame that the regulars aren’t really getting any PT today.

  2. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The back up lineup rocks, actually. I can’t wait to see that “second string,” as well as pumped to see Bryan Mitchell (and Black and Greene pitch. I’d love to see Greene improve his control this year.)

  3. Yankee Trader February 25th, 2013 at 10:30 am

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    The Kansas City connection
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    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....onnection/

    Have to go. Have a great day everyone.

    Thank goodness baseball is back!

  4. MTU February 25th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    YF-

    How’s the ankle coming ?

    You ready to take over for Jeter yet ?

    :)

  5. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi MTU, a little set back but I should be ready for OD just in case Jeet isn’t. ;) How are you and yours?

  6. austinmac February 25th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    YT,

    I clearly remember the A’s being described as a Yankee farm team. We can thank them for Maris. the Yankees have used finances as an advantage for a long time.

  7. MTU February 25th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    YF-

    Thank you for asking.

    Things are relatively stable for now.

  8. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    It is nice to see Cash saying that Almonte is projected to be a big league player. I don’t blame the org for not anointing him (or anyone else) right now when we have so much of ST left to go…. but if there was ever a time to put your money where your mouth is, I think this is it.

  9. MTU February 25th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Shame-

    The way it works is for Zoilo to start talking w his stick and leather.

    I hope he shines. Fresh blood would be good.

  10. Tackelberry February 25th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    @BryanHoch
    In case you’re wondering, Girardi said Tyler Austin & Slade Heathcott will not be considered to replace Curtis Granderson in April

    ________________________________________

    Nor should they be. NO need to rush them. Let them at least get a taste of Double A first. If they manage to make it to AAA by August, thats great progress.

  11. Tackelberry February 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    PacoDooley February 25th, 2013 at 10:24 am
    Not exactly the ‘A’ lineup starting or backing up – I’ll watch, but it’s a shame that the regulars aren’t really getting any PT today.

    _________________________________________

    Disagree. Its exciting to see the youngsters play and see what they can do. Thats part of ST. Those last 2 weeks, when most of them are back in minor league camp and just the regulars are playing, is when it gets boring.

  12. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    @BobKlap

    Can #Yankees win without home runs? http://bit.ly/VIhwaK

    Dumb questions…

  13. Tackelberry February 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    MTU February 25th, 2013 at 10:43 am
    Shame-

    The way it works is for Zoilo to start talking w his stick and leather.

    I hope he shines. Fresh blood would be good.
    ___________________________________

    No question he can hit, but how good is he defensively? I’ve heard its shaky at best. Same with Musteiler. His bat is his calling card, but can he play defense adequately enough?

  14. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Almonte can be overly aggressive and streaky. But the boy can hit.

    Game is on MLB-TV. Does that mean we in NY metro will get it and not be blacked out?

    MTU, good to hear. You are always in my prayers.

    I am having great Japanese soups (yosenabe) for healing purposes (and pleasure!) Shiitakes, yum… I highly recommend them. Many Japanese eat them for breakfast.

  15. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    ^ How good are Diaz or Rivera defensively?

    This might be a bit of a spoiler alert but…they’re worse.

  16. blake February 25th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’m assuming that one of Diaz/Rivera is goin to make the team as the RH outfielder…..just because Cashman seems dead set on it.

    So ideally they need somebody to hit Lefty to play the bulk of the games and Zoilo makes the most sense…..he can switch hit and even play some when Diaz/Rivera gives Gardner or Ichiro a blow.

  17. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Zoilo definitely makes the most sense to fill in if they permit it, but I will believe it when I see it…

    His fielding is adequate. He can sometimes be overly aggressive in the field and balls get by him… His arm is pretty decent if not plus. He’ll be passable in RF.

  18. MTU February 25th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    “No question he can hit, but how good is he defensively? I’ve heard its shaky at best. Same with Musteiler. His bat is his calling card, but can he play defense adequately enough?”

    ST should help us to find out.

    Thanks YF. I can use all the help I can get. Just keep making progress.

    ;)

  19. blake February 25th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Id assume they woukd move Ichiro back to LF and let Almonte play RF if they went that route? I really hope they do if they can t make a reasonable trade…..if love to watch a young player….even if they struggle some ….

  20. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    - MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) Hal elects to operate onna shoe string, and this is what the Yankees lack of depth merits. A starter gets hurt, Cashman goes lookin’ for a stop-gap, and every team he deals with attempts to hold-up the Yankees . DUMB

    (2) Nunez gave himself up yesterday, hit behind the runner at 2B with 0 outs, and advanced the guy to 3B. EXCELLENT

    (3) Stewart then comes up with runner at 3B\1 out and Immediately pops out. WEAK. Bring on the situational hitting\Wilson.

    (4) The Academy Awards last night was the Worst I have ever seen. The gratuitous back-slapping over movies that Joe 6 pack has demonstrated No desire to see, was throwing a “let them eat cake” in said Joe’s face. The fact that only 14% of The Academy voters are UNDER 60 tells the tale. Also, somebody needs to inform Russell Crowe that he is off-key, and horrendously horrible, as they insert the sock. I ain’t even gonna get into the 10yr celebration for “Chicago” and it’s Best Pic win. That movie continues to be on the worst Best Pic lists year after year. Embarassing that Zellwigger was unable to read the card, though it does explain her consistent squinting. Vanity, thy name continues to be Hollywood.

  21. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    They’re definitely going to put Ichiro in LF with Gardner in CF.

    No matter who they start out there, whether it’s Diaz/Rivera or Mesa/Almonte, they’re going to want to make it as easy on them as possible.

  22. yankeefeminista February 25th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Right, no way should Zoilo play LF at NYS.

  23. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I haven’t seen any of the movies that were nominated last night…..want to see them though.

    I watched some of it but as usual it was dreadfully boring…..one moment that was memorable of course was Adele as that gal can flat out sang

  24. austinmac February 25th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    YF,

    The food sounds good. I do like my Japanese food. You should be healed in no time.

    As far a Almonte and Mustelier’s defense, if it is passable and they can hit, play them. It will be very hard to win without scoring. As Shame noted above, it is not like Diaz or Rivera will be good defensively.

    I bet Cashman is not having a fun day today.

  25. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: soriano told #cubs, no west coast. but he’d consider east coast contenders. u listenin’ yanks? http://t.co/hjPAVWjEtw

  26. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The yanks are listening on Sori I’m sure but Theo has to get real on an asking price

  27. austinmac February 25th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Blake,

    I have seen most of the movies. Argo is a very good movie. I liked it better than Zero Dark Thirty. Lewis was Lincoln. I frankly thought Silver Linings Playbook would be more for my wife, but it was very good also.

  28. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Mac,

    I’m sure I’ll rent them all at some point…..

  29. austinmac February 25th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Theo also said he wanted a significant package for Soriano. I imagine he would if he is eating 2/3 of the money. Please, no. I would be interested in watching Almonte see what he can do. He has as much of a reputation as Cabrera did when he came from AA.

  30. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I gotta tell you… I thought Lincoln was an overall better picture than Argo. I liked Argo a lot, but Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were ridiculously good. ZDT only suffered from feeling way too long. That and Lincoln had the same running time but somehow Lincoln managed it better.

    I need to check out Life of Pi. This is the second time Ang Lee won the Best Director award without getting Best Picture. He was sorta robbed on Brokeback Mountain, IMO. Life of Pi looks insane visually. Still can’t believe that guy did the Incredible Hulk lol.

  31. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    - BEST FEMALE VOICES I HAVE HEARD -

    (1) JEANETTE McDONALD – Runaway winner.

    (2) JULIE ANDREWS – Range, style, grace, and can act.

    (3) ANN WILSON – Combination of Range and Relentless Energy. HEART ain’t diddly minus her.

    (4) GRACE SLICK – VERY Close between she and Ann.

    (5) ADELE – Has the voice, and the humble pie is becoming. Test of time awaits.

  32. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Still can’t believe that guy did the Incredible Hulk lol.

    ******

    It was the Hulk. The Incredible Hulk was the Ed Norton film years later – - – -

  33. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’m trying to figure out how PI wins Cinematography Award, with all the CGI thrown in that flick. I guess next year “Transformers” will win that award.

  34. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    @Joelsherman1: 3UP http://t.co/O27ihsWynW Granderson inj impacts his free agcy, and importance of Gardner Hafner plus some prospects #Yankees

  35. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Donny – No love for Babs? She was incredible last night.

  36. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Stone – My apologies for confusing my Hulk movies.

  37. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I think it will help Grandy.. his strike out rate won’t be as ridiculous (hopefully) after missing a full month of the season.

  38. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:40 am
    Donny – No love for Babs? She was incredible last night.

    I thought she sounded great as well

  39. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    How does this impact Hafner? Does Joel just mean he has to be the big hairy monster we’re hoping for?

    I’d say in that respect it also impacts Youk. Dude better have a hell of a first month with Grandy out and Tex having his usual April slump.

  40. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:40 am
    Stone – My apologies for confusing my Hulk movies.

    Easy to do as they are both pretty bad….

  41. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    They need Hafner and Youk badly to step up and stay healthy and produce …..I really liked how Youk looked yesterday….it’s just one game but I saw bat speed he didn’t have last year….

  42. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Hafner looks like he’s gonna hit the ball a mile when he’s in the box…..he had a nice AB yesterday driving the ball to Left center…..really think if he can play 110-120 games that he will put up nice numbers….

  43. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Jorge Soler cost the #Cubs $30 million. He may prove well worth the money – and more. Column: http://t.co/omEhmuSVkX

    Sigh

  44. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    @mlbtraderumors: Yankees Not Expected To Deal For Wells http://t.co/LIZBId3cyd #mlb

    Thank goodness

  45. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I thought the rendition of “Goldfinger” topped Babs. Babs certainly has the pipes, but there is too much Style getting in the way for me. Babs issa True Diva.

  46. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I do Not see a lotta difference between the ability of Wells and Rivera.

  47. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Babs is like 70 though….to get out there and sing like that is pretty impressive

  48. blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    DONNYBROOK says:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:54 am
    I do Not see a lotta difference between the ability of Wells and Rivera.

    Both are bad….one makes alt more money

  49. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    How old do you think that woman was that re-did her “Goldfinger” hit?

  50. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Jorge Soler cost the #Cubs $30 million. He may prove well worth the money – and more. Column: http://t.co/omEhmuSVkX

    Sigh

    —————–

    Ugh. …. double ugh.

    This deserves two.

    Babs is a Diva, with a capital D. And it’s why I love her. But yes, Jennifer Hudson is also amazing.

  51. blake February 25th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    DONNYBROOK says:
    February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am
    How old do you think that woman was that re-did her “Goldfinger” hit?

    76! I missed that part but just watched it on YouTube and it was very cool….I love that movie….best bond ever IMO

  52. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    - FAVORITE ELO SONGS -

    (1) SHOWDOWN

    (2) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD

    (3) LIVIN’ THING

    (4) LATTITUDE 88 NORTH

    (5) STRANGE MAGIC

  53. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh shoot, I just realized Shirley Bassey was the one that did Goldfinger last night… I was flipping between the Oscars and the Walking Dead.

    For a moment I wasn’t sure which I had on.. I think it was because Kristen Stewart was on my tv with her dead eyes.

  54. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Any Bond with Connery in it is very good, but agree on “Goldfinger” being the Best of All.

  55. RadioKev February 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Mike Axisa’s sarcastic tweet yesterday about Chris Dickerson nailed it. It sure would be nice to have him now, right? He could have been a reliable player to go to, with Mesa, Almonte and Mustelier competing trying to win the job too.

  56. RadioKev February 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    blake February 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am
    @mlbtraderumors: Yankees Not Expected To Deal For Wells http://t.co/LIZBId3cyd #mlb

    Thank goodness
    ———

    Yanks have to stand pat and look internally.

  57. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Yea, Russell Crowe could be a “Dead” walk on. I believe he has been going down-hill since Cinderella Man. Same goes for the Director of said flick, Ron Howard. That movie never got it’s due. Quite a True story about James J Braddock.

  58. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    RadioKev February 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Mike Axisa’s sarcastic tweet yesterday about Chris Dickerson nailed it. It sure would be nice to have him now, right? He could have been a reliable player to go to, with Mesa, Almonte and Mustelier competing trying to win the job too.

    ——————

    This is one of those things that will fall into the ‘never could have predicted’ category on the blog…..

    Which is ridiculous.

    NCHP is the blog version of BSOHL.

  59. RadioKev February 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah. I saw Red Sox fans say ‘never could have predicted’ about trading Youkilis and having Middlebrooks go down. Yeah, uh huh…

  60. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Wells would be the dumbest move ever. And I mean EVER.

    Who was the best Bond gal in your opinions? Ireland Baldwin, unsurprisingly, believes it is Kim Basinger lol, but I don’t think that’s what most Bond fans would say.

  61. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I like Ursula

  62. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Crowe can’t sing but he knows it so I just find it endearing. He’s a jackass, but he knows it.. so I find that endearing as well. Sorta like Alec Baldwin or Jack Nicholson. Guy is a good actor.. maybe it was good that one of his b*tch fits robbed him of an Oscar (A Beautiful Mind was insane), a little bit of humble pie.

    Kev – I’m starting a NCHP file in my head.

  63. DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I see Crowe falling into that Mel Gibson mold.

    Thought Danica showed she is still on the learning curve yesterday. She was afraid of making a mistake, went conservative, and those drivers buried her the last 1\2 lap. Stewart will coach her in this regard. You put Stewart in her position, and he woulda dropped low, and attempted to take the lead that final lap.

  64. RadioKev February 25th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m not really surprised, but I’m still kind of amazed Granderson could do a calm, thoughtful interview about his injury what- an hour after he found out? That guy has some serious zen. I’d be steaming.

  65. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Grandy being zen only increases his value lol. Like we were all saying yesterday, if it was going to happen now is definitely the best time. He shouldn’t be too far behind and hopefully won’t take a month to get his timing back. If that does happen, then will I believe the injury might impact his value. He should be fine though.

    Crowe is not Gibson.. Crowe is just an entitled actor with a giant ego. Mel Gibson is an absolute train wreck.

  66. blake February 25th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    It almost looked like Danica thought they were gonna throw the caution on the last lap when they wrecked behind her….she went from 3rd to 8th in like 1 second

  67. pkyankfan69 February 25th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Happy 50th Bday Paul O’Neill… One of my all time favorites, can’t believe he is 50 already.

  68. tomingeorgia February 25th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Danica did great running in the top ten all day with a bunch of wily old weasels all day. She’ll learn their tricks pretty soon.

  69. pkyankfan69 February 25th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    If Danica raced in a bikini I MIGHT have watched for 5 minutes or so…

  70. Felix Unger February 25th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    DONNYBROOK February 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Any Bond with Connery in it is very good, but agree on “Goldfinger” being the Best of All.

    ===========

    ‘Thunderball’ was pretty darn good

  71. bruceb February 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Shirley Bassey. Welsh diva. 76…and she’s still incredible. Take a bow.

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