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Yankees News and Notes from Tampa

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Tampa, FL (Feb 16) – The New York Yankees pitchers and catchers are in Tampa working out now doing the normal spring training routines. Andruw Jones spoke today though about joining the Yankees and playing for the person he played against in the World Series when he first came up in 1996.

Jones stated, many opportunities came up and it is unknown if it was a slip but he indicated that his agent Scott Boras picked where he would play. He said he told him you would get opportunities to play there. Joe Girardi indicated he would play the corner outfield positions not center field at all.

Here are some news and notes:

I know many people get worried but Mariano Rivera will be in camp on Thursday. He missed the first couple of days because his kids were sick with flu like illness and he wanted to stay with them. Rivera is on his own schedule anyway and does not usually do much of anything during the spring. He gets into a few games and then he is ready to go. He has earned the right to do whatever he wants since he is the greatest closer of all time.

It looks like the infield is a priority for the Yankees bench and they may just carry Jones as the extra outfielder. They may carry both a utility man and second backup infielder. That is probably due to the age of the left side of the infield. It sounds like both Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard will have a chance at winning the job with Chavez. Girardi said on the days that Curtis Granderson is sitting out which could be against all or most lefties then Brett Gardner will move to center and Jones will play left field.

Girardi indicated, it is fair to say it is a three-man race for backup catcher. Austin Romine, Jesus Montero, and Francisco Cervelli will battle it out. The Yankees could get creative with one of the younger players if he is the backup.

Brian Cashman said that value could be in playing at least a couple of times a week at the major league level. It will be very interesting to follow this especially Montero who many scouts have compared to players like Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera hitting wise will, bounce back and forth between the minors.

Neal Cotts who was in camp on a minor league deal was released today. They said it was because of his medicals but would not get into anything specific. Cashman did say catching prospect Gary Sanchez did go for heart tests like the NY Post was reporting but he is fine. Hector Noesi is still dealing with visa issues and it is unknown when he will arrive to camp.

Joba Chamberlain had something that is unrelated to weight, which is a first in the early portion of camp regarding his condition. He has adjusted his hands and feels good about the change. His hands are in the same position as when he first was called up. Chamberlain said he is bigger but feels in much better shape and is stronger. It will be interesting to keep an eye on him also, as the Yankees clearly have lost faith in him, he will have to earn that trust back.

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