Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Spring Training Notes 2/13/13: Cervelli, Pettitte, Rivera

Day two of Spring Training has come to an end and there were interviews from three different Yankees: Francisco Cervelli, Andy Pettitte and of course Mariano Rivera. Let’s cover Francisco Cervelli first and then go from there.

Francisco Cervelli

As we all know, Cervelli’s names were handwritten on the Biogenesis report which meant that Cervelli at least visited the Miami clinic after his foot injury.

“When I got my foot injured in 2011, I checked with doctors and someone recommended me Biogenesis. I went there for maybe suggestions, and that’s it. I walked away without nothing in my hands. I just went there and talked, that’s it.” Cervelli said during the 11 minute press conference.

“Right now, I realize that it was a mistake to go there, but it already happened so what can I do?”

Cervelli wouldn’t say who recommended him to go to the Miami clinic but he did say that it wasn’t a player (and it wasn’t Alex Rodriguez). Cervelli went to Biogenesis once and he met with Anthony Bosch during that one visit.

“Sometimes when we’ve got injuries, we get a little desperate to come back quick and we always want a second opinion. I went there. Someone told me. I take my responsibility. Nobody put a gun to my head to go there. And that’s it.”

Andy Pettitte

Now, let’s move on to a non-controversial topic: Andy Pettitte. Pettitte threw a bullpen session today and then met with the media about how he’s feeling along with if he plans to retire in 2014.

“I feel like I’m better than I am at age 30. Heck, I want to win 20 games. That’s it.” Pettitte said during his 11 minute press conference. Joe Girardi even spoke about Pettitte during another press conference this morning in Tampa.

On the topic of whether Pettitte will retire in 2014, Girardi said “I think Andy still loves to compete.” To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andy Pettitte return in 2014. That’s a true competitor right there.

Mariano Rivera

And last but definitely not least, everyone’s favorite closer: Mariano Rivera. Mariano Rivera said that he made a decision on whether or not he will pitch next season–but he’s not telling anyone just yet. However, he did say that he was going to reveal whether he planned to retire or not before the season begins.

“You guys have been patient enough.” Rivera said during his press conference. When it came to rating how his knee was doing, he said it was a 9 out of 10 but by the time Opening Day rolls around, Rivera plans to feel 100%. He’s doing agility drills and threw a bullpen session his first day of camp, which is out of the norm for Rivera since he doesn’t throw bullpen sessions his first day.

Now, the main question that came from Rivera’s press conference: will he shag fly balls this season even though he tore his ACL doing what he loved last season? Yes. He will. He will just have to be careful about it when he’s in the outfield. It didn’t take much convincing for Joe GIrardi to let him shag again.

“I don’t want to take it away from him.” That’s the verdict from Girardi–but with one small, tiny exception. “Just not in Kansas City.”

Courtesy of Bryan Hoch from MLB.com, here are some pictures from today’s Spring Training’s events:

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Yankees teammates double up jersey numbers

With Spring Training entering it’s second day, the roster for everyone who was invited to Spring Training was released. Here are the jersey numbers for all players. Keep in mind, some of them doubled up numbers since there were more people at camp this year than previous years.

No. 2 — SS Derek Jeter
No. 11 — OF Brett Gardner
No. 13 — 3B Alex Rodriguez
No. 14 — OF Curtis Granderson
No. 17 – UT Jayson Nix
No. 18 — RHP Hiroki Kuroda
No. 19 — C Chris Stewart
No. 22 — OF Matt Diaz
No. 24 — 2B Robinson Cano
No. 25 — 1B Mark Teixeira
No. 26 — SS Eduardo Nunez
No. 27 — 1B Dan Johnson (listed as INF/OF)
No. 28 — Mgr. Joe Girardi
No. 29 — C Francisco Cervelli
No. 30 — RHP Dave Robertson
No. 31 — OF Ichiro Suzuki
No. 33 — DH Travis Hafner (listed as strictly a DH)
No. 34 — RHP David Aardsma
No. 35 — RHP David Phelps
No. 36 — 3B Kevin Youkilis
No. 38 — RHP Cody Eppley
No. 39 — LHP Clay Rapada
No. 40 — RHP Matt Daley
No. 41 — RHP Jim Miller
No. 42 — RHP Mariano Rivera
No. 43 — RHP Michael Pineda
No. 45 — C Bobby Wilson
No. 47 — RHP Ivan Nova
No. 48 — LHP Boone Logan
No. 50 — 1BC Mick Kelleher
No. 52 — LHP CC Sabathia
No. 53 — LHP Josh Spence
No. 54 — HC Kevin Long
No. 54 — OF Juan Rivera 
No. 55 — RHP David Herndon
No. 56 — BNC Tony Pena
No. 57 — BPC Mike Harkey
No. 58 — PC Larry Rothschild
No. 59 — 3BC Rob Thomson
No. 60 — OF Thomas Neal
No. 61 — RHP Adam Warren
No. 62 — RHP Joba Chamberlain
No. 63 — OF Melky Mesa
No. 65 — RHP Phil Hughes
No. 66 — C Austin Romine
No. 67 — LHP Manny Banuelos
No. 68 — RHP Dellin Betances
No. 70 — RHP Brett Marshall
No. 71 — LHP Cesar Cabral
No. 72 — RHP Jose Ramirez
No. 73 — 3B David Adams
No. 74 — LHP Francisco Rondon
No. 75 — LHP Nik Turley
No. 76 — C J.R. Murphy
No. 77 — 2B Corban Joseph
No. 78 — OF Zoilo Almonte
No. 79 — OF Ramon Flores
No. 80 — C Gary Sanchez
No. 81 — RHP Chase Whitley
No. 82 — RHP Ryan Pope
No. 83 — C Kyle Higashioka
No. 84 — RHP Matt Tracy
No. 85 — INF Gil Velazquez
No. 86 — OF Abe Almonte
No. 87 — C Francisco Arcia and RHP Corey Black
No. 88 — OF Tyler Austin and LHP Juan Cedeno
No. 89 — 1B Greg Bird and RHP Preston Claiborne
No. 90 — SS Cito Culver and RHP Nick Goody
No. 91 — OF Adonis Garcia and RHP Shane Greene
No. 92 — OF Slade Heathcott and RHP Tom Kahnle
No. 93 — SS Walter Ibarra and RHP Bryan Mitchell
No. 94 — 1B Luke Murton and RHP Mark Montgomery
No. 95 — OF/3B Ronnier Mustelier and RHP Zach Nuding (Mustelier is listed as an OF)
No. 96 — SS Addison Maruszak and LHP Vidal Nuno
No. 97 — 2B/OF Jose Pirela and RHP Mike O’Brien (Pirela is listed as an INF)
No. 98 — 1B Kyle Roller and RHP Kelvin Perez
No. 99 — OF/3B Rob Segedin and RHP Branden Pinder (Segedin is listed as an INF)

Morning Bits: Swisher, Can this team win a title?, Cutting of payroll

mug3Good morning all.   Day 2 of spring training is here.  Stay here with us for the latest.  Now let’s get right to the links….

Andrew Machand of ESPN NY writes that Swish is not missed.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes that the Yankees feel they have pieces in place to win a title.

Paul White of The USA Today writes that the Bombers are trying to stay a cut above, despite lowering payroll.