Saturday, February 16, 2013
Morning Notes: Mo, Cervelli, Joba, etc.
By Wallace Matthews
TAMPA, Fla. -- In the words of Joe Girardi, a heavy day today. Every pitcher you care about threw a bullpen, including the one everyone's eyes are on this spring. Add some clubhouse horseplay and one near-injury and it's been a relatively eventful morning.
1. MO THROWS: Mariano Rivera threw his second bullpen of the spring, uncorked 29 pitches, and showed no visible effects of the knee surgery he underwent last June. Afterward, he declared himself "bueno."
3. WATCH IT, CERVELLI:Francisco Cervelli, who has a history of spring training injuries, was seen shaking out his glove hand after receiving a pitch from Sabathia. Afterward he said the pitch caught him in the webbing of his hand between the thumb and index finger but said he was OK. "I'm gonna make it this spring," he said.
4. CHEER UP, JOBA:Joba Chamberlain needs to come out of his shell a little bit. The Yankees' boisterous reliever decided to liven up the clubhouse this morning by folding his large frame into a laundry cart and haranguing his teammates, Boone Logan in particular, to push him. No one complied. So then he got out and began a running commentary on the "digestive problems" of another reliever who lockers next to him and whose name will be withheld here out of common decency.
5. GARY GOES YARD: Yes, it was only early-morning BP and it came at the expense of Nick Goody, a non-roster invite right-hander who was given one of the two No. 90s in this over-sized camp, but catching prospect Gary Sanchez became the first hitter to leave The Boss this spring, belting one over the left-field fence.