Saturday, February 16, 2013
State of the Binder: Day Five
By Wallace Matthews
TAMPA, Fla. -- Plenty of action today but not much talk out of the manager, whose interview session ran a grand total of 5:50, including about a minute-and-a-half of chitchat about the weather. Here are the highlights from Joe Girardi's brief encounter with the media:
CC OK: Girardi didn't make it down to the bullpen to watch his ace, CC Sabathia, throw off a mound for the first time this spring, but was satisfied with the report pitching coach Larry Rothschild gave him: "He told me CC looked normal."
MO TOO: Girardi didn't make it to this one, either, but since it was Mariano Rivera's second time off the hill, there was somewhat less urgency. Besides, the manager said he's not worried about Rivera's arm; what he really wants to see is the 43-year-old closer's ability to pounce on balls hit in front of the mound and to cover first in game action following knee surgery last June.
NO RUSH: The games begin Feb. 23 this spring, but Girardi said not to expect to see either CC or Mo pitch in one until March.
SNOW GOOD: Talk quickly turned to the weather, which is expected to turn cool here Sunday morning. Well, cool for here, anyway. That led Girardi to reminisce about snow tubing with his kids back in New York after last weekend's big storm, and how much fun he had clearing his driveway of 15 inches of snow. "No shoveling for me," he said. "I got a snow-blower."