A few quick notes from this morning.
· CC Sabathia weighed in at 275 pounds this morning. Said it’s the least he’s weighed since his early days with Cleveland. Spent a lot of time this winter working to gain strength while staying in better shape. He thinks last year’s weight loss caused him to lose strength, which affected him on the mound (didn’t help that he had a shortened offseason because of the elbow surgery). Based on early throwing sessions this offseason, Sabathia said he feels more like his old self.
· Speaking of throwing, Michael Pineda threw a bullpen to Francisco Cervelli this morning. I mentioned to Cervelli that it seems like Pineda’s been throwing down here for quite a while. “I don’t know,” Cervelli said. “But he looked great.” Cervelli said the difference is significant between Pineda now and Pineda a year ago.
· David Phelps and Adam Warren are already throwing to hitters. They’ve been throwing at the minor league complex for a while now, so they’re pretty far ahead. Warren said there are some other guys who are already facing hitters as well.
· I’ll have some notes on this later, but both Dave Robertson and Brian McCann addressed the media this morning. Said a lot of the stuff you’d expect. Both spoke very highly of Derek Jeter. McCann said he spent a lot of time this winter looking at video of the Yankees pitchers, getting a feel for what they like to do on the mound. Robertson said he’s focused on making better individual pitches. He wants to be more efficient and throw more strikes this spring to help him prepare for the ninth inning.
· Five random locker assignment notes:
1. Masahiro Tanaka got Mariano Rivera’s locker. Robertson is next door in the same locker he’s had for a few years now.
2. Alex Rodriguez’s locker is totally empty except for a few hangars. Not even a name at the top. Carlos Beltran was assigned the locker next to it.
3. Jacoby Ellsbury got a corner locker along the back wall. It’s the same locker that belonged to Nick Swisher two years ago and Kevin Youkilis last year.
4. Derek Jeter, of course, has his usual locker. Next to him is an empty locker, followed immediately by Brian Roberts, Scott Sizemore and Eduardo Nunez. Grouping a bunch of the infielders right along with the shortstop. Also next to one another: Brett Gardner and Slade Heathcott, who’s been compared to Gardner at various points.
5. There’s one wall that has lockers always assigned to the most veteran pitchers, the guys most likely to break camp on the big league roster. Vidal Nuno is on that wall for the first time this year. So is Preston Claiborne. Shawn Kelley got Andy Pettitte’s old locker, and Dellin Betances was assigned the locker closest to Sabathia.
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