Thursday, February 14, 2013
Morning Notes: Mo, Cervelli and Phelps
By Wallace Matthews
TAMPA, Fla. -- Not much happened in the morning session at Yankees camp, but here are the highlights:
1. MO: NOT YET On Tuesday, Mariano Rivera opened the door to being asked every day if he was ready to announce his plans, so of course I walked through it when I saw him this morning. "Is today the day?," I asked him. "Not today," he said. "I'll let you know." We'll have an update tomorrow.
2. CERVELLI CLARIFIES:Francisco Cervelli seemed to contradict himself yesterday when he said he left Anthony Bosch's Biogenesis clinic "without nothing in my hand," after having previously Tweeted that he bought some legal supplements. So I revisited him this morning and he said the Tweet had been poorly worded, that he had bought some legal supplements to help rehab his broken foot, but not from Biogenesis. Would not say, however, what he bought or from whom.
3. PHELPS' NUMBER IS UP: David Phelps, in a competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation with Ivan Nova, came to camp yesterday to see he had been assigned No. 35, but when he arrived this morning discovered he had been re-assigned No. 41, the number he wore last season. "Nobody told me anything," he said. "I just assume Michael (Pineda) wanted it back." Told 41 was a better pitcher's number anyway, Phelps said "Seaver over Mussina, huh? Both pretty good to me." Smart kid.
4. PEN PALS: David Robertson and Dellin Betances will throw their first bullpens this morning, and Nova and Joba Chamberlain will throw side sessions. CC Sabathia, who had said he would throw a bullpen today, was not on the list. We'll try to find out why when the clubhouse re-opens later.
OVER/UNDER: Does Mo reveal his plan before or after, say, March 1?