Monday, February 24, 2014

Spring Training News And Notes: 2/23/14

Brett Gardner stole most of the headlines yesterday with the announcement of his contract extension, but that didn't stop ST workouts from taking place.

- Michael Pineda faced hitters for the first time in 2014 when he threw live batting practice yesterday morning.  John Ryan Murphy caught him and said he liked the way the ball was coming out of Pineda's hand.

- Other notable BP pitchers included Dellin Betances, Robert Coello, and Jose Ramirez.  No word on how good Betances or Ramirez looked, but we should get an early look at them soon enough.

- The first 4 ST game starters were announced.  Vidal Nuno gets the ball for the opener on Tuesday, Ivan Nova starts on Wednesda, David Phelps Thursday, and Adam Warren Friday.

- Commenting on the Andrew Bailey signing, Joe said he doesn't expect to get anything from him until possibly September.  That's later than the current estimates, but not unrealistic given the nature of shoulder injuries that serious.

- Derek Jeter ran the bases for the first time and did so without issue.  Right now, that's all that matters with everything Jeter-related.

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