Camp has been open for three days now, and the just-getting-started feeling is already beginning to fade. Things already felt like business as usual in the Yankees clubhouse this morning, with Mark Teixeira’s arrival easily generating the most attention. Teixeira spoke quite a bit about the status of his wrist and his expectations for this season — and his expectations for spring training — so I’m going to listen back through that interview and post more on the blog later today.
For now, just a few quick morning notes on this second day of workouts for pitchers and catchers.
· The Yankees top starters got to work in the bullpen yesterday. Today’s it’s the relievers’ turn. Dave Robertson, Shawn Kelley and Matt Thornton — the three guys who seem most locked into big league relief jobs — are in today’s first bullpen group. So is Matt Daley, for whatever that’s worth. Given the uncertain status of the bullpen, Daley strikes me as a guy with a non-zero chance of breaking camp.
· Live batting practice begins tomorrow. Some of the pitchers who are a little bit ahead are ready to face hitters. Vidal Nuno, Dellin Betances and Chase Whitley are among the guys scheduled to throw live BP tomorrow (I’m pretty sure, but not certain, that Adam Warren and David Phelps will do that as well). The pitchers said they’re not sure whether they’ll be pitching to the catchers already in camp, or if some guys might come over from the minor league complex to take at-bats. Either way, live BP on the third day of camp is pretty good.
· Betances is ready to face hitters because he’s been doing quite a bit of work for about a month now. Back in January, Betances went down to the Dominican Republic for three weeks of workouts with a pitching guru down there (Betances said this guy has worked with Joel Peralta and some other names you’d recognize). Betances wanted to play winter ball this offseason, but the Yankees wouldn’t let him. He did this training instead, and said he feels good about getting a head start down there. He’s been in Tampa since basically the first of February. He definitely knows there’s a chance for him to finally have an impact in New York this season.
· Random clubhouse conversation this morning with Nik Turley. He had a baby this winter, so he’s in the mode of talking excitedly about a little kid just discovering his hands and feet. Said he stayed in Tampa this winter. I’d only spoken to him a little bit last year, but he’s a very friendly guy.
Matt Daley (to Austin Romine)
Shawn Kelley (to Francisco Cervelli)
Dave Robertson (to Brian McCann)
Matt Thornton (to John Ryan Murphy)
Manny Banuelos (to Gary Sanchez)
Cesar Cabral (to Roman Rodriguez)
Brian Gordon (to Pete O’Brien)
Chris Leroux (to Jose Gil)
Mark Montgomery (to Francisco Arcia)
· Batting practice groups (same as yesterday)
Group 1: Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, Pete O’Brien, Gary Sanchez
Group 2: Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli
Associated Press photo