By BrooklynFans Reporter: Anthony Murillo (@amurillo91)
Yankees Spring Training News and Notes – February 21st
It was a quiet day in camp for the Bronx Bombers. The mandatory date for position players is Friday and more excitement will be had when players like Alex Rodriguez report to camp. There were still a few interesting notes from today, however, so let’s get right to them:
Andruw Jones: The lefty-killer is expecting more playing time during the upcoming 2012 season. Jones had a knee injury last season that prevented him from being a more active player but he says that’s all behind him.
“I feel great,” Jones said. “I’ve been running a lot and the goal was to get back into playing shape and be lighter and go out and play. If they say, ‘Hey, Andruw, we need you to go in there in the third inning or the fourth inning.’ I’ll be ready to go.” (Credit: Bryan Hotch)
Eric Chavez: Manager Joe Girardi made a bit of a boo-boo this afternoon. When talking to reporters, Girardi mentioned the role that Eric Chavez could play for the upcoming 2012 season. There’s just one problem: Chavez has not re-signed with the club although reports indicate the two sides are talking.
“If you wanted to DH Tex, you could move Swish to first if you wanted,” Girardi said. “Or you could put Chavez at first.”
The manager quickly backtracked his statement, saying “If he shows up. We don’t have him, but there’s been talk about that we might get him. That’s not official.”
Expect Chavez to return to the club. (Credit: Chad Jennings)
Joba Chamberlain: The righty is expected to throw off a full mound tomorrow, something he hasn’t done since he had Tommy John surgery.
“You want to see how he’s progressing and you want to see where he’s at,” Girardi said. “You look at him and say, ‘It’s probably feasible that we’ll have him by this date’ from what you see. As he starts to throw more bullpens we’ll have a much better idea, but so far he’s looked great.” (Credit: Chad Jennings)