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Pregame notes: “It doesn’t have anything to do with me”

Posted By Chad Jennings On April 22, 2013 @ 6:04 pm In Misc | 518 Comments

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Robinson Cano reacted with predictable indifference when asked about his rather loose connection to Biogenesis as reported in today’s ESPN.com story.

“I know what I’m doing, and I know myself,” Cano said. “So it does not bother me. There’s (not) anything else I can say about it because I don’t even know about the stories. I’m just going to keep playing my game.”

ESPN reported that the name of Sonia Cruz — who Cano confirmed is still the spokeswoman for his foundation — was found in records for Biogenesis. [3] The records show he owing payments of $300, which ESPN reported to be consistent with a weight-loss program offered by the clinic.

It’s a very loose way to tie Cano to the clinic, but obviously the steroid situation is what it is, and even this sort of connection gets attention.

“I’m going to play my game,” Cano said. “I’m going to play it every single day. It doesn’t bother me, and I don’t have any comment about it. … It doesn’t have anything to do with me.”

[4]• Curtis Granderson is with the Yankees today. He did tee and toss earlier today — first time since the broken forearm — and also played catch from 90 feet. He’s still not sure when he’ll get in a game, and certainly not sure when he’ll be in the big leagues. He still expects it to be some time next month. “Everything is feeling good each step that we’ve made,” Granderson said. “The big thing is that whenever I finally start playing, getting at-bats, getting timing and stuff. Once that day comes, we’ll have a little better evaluation.”

• Granderson said he’ll need 50 to 70 at-bats, but he can get a bunch of those by hitting every inning in extended spring training games. “Whenever I get those at-bats, then the number of games should hopefully be a little bit easier to finally get done,” he said.

• Speaking of guys here in Tampa, Joe Girardi went to the minor league complex to watch Michael Pineda pitch in a simulated game. He said it was only five or six hitters, but Girardi seemed impressed. “He threw all his pitches, his fastball, his slider, his changeup,” Girardi said. “He threw strikes he threw some really good strikes. I was happy with what I saw. I know it’s a long ways away, but for the first time in a simulated game, it was pretty good.”

• There was no radar gun on Pineda, but Girardi said he could tell a difference from what he was seeing last spring. “His command was much better,” Girardi said. “The ball was coming out of his hand. He wasn’t forcing it today.”

• Ronnier Mustelier is playing again. Girardi said he played three innings in today’s extended spring game.

• Young reliever Nick Goody — last year’s sixth round pick — had Tommy John surgery, according to Girardi. He was a guy who seemed poised to move quickly. He threw three innings this year.

• Girardi said he simply wanted to give Ichiro Suzuki a day off the turf, and he wanted to get Brennan Boesch some at-bats. He said he’s planning to give Brett Gardner and Vernon Wells each a day off on the turf as well.

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