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By BrooklynFans Reporter: Anthony Murillo (@amurillo91)

Yankees Spring Training News and Notes – February 22nd

Another quiet day for the New York Yankees as they prepare for the 2012 season. Everything has been pretty mundane so fare (which is a good thing) although there’s some interesting news and notes to report. Let’s get to it…

David Aardsma: The newest Yankee reliever is expected to pitch towards the end of the 2012 season. Manager Joe Girardi has nothing but great things to say about the newest reliever:

“Power arm. Closer. We’re looking at him down the road, maybe being ready in August, possibly. It’s another option you have for your bullpen. You look at our bullpen, last year we went through a lot of arms. We had some injuries to Soriano, Joba, Feliciano, so we kept changing people out. I think the more you have, the more options it gives us, and that’s a good thing.” (Credit: Chad Jennings)

Joba Chamberlain: Speaking of injured relievers, fan favorite Joba Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound instead of a full mound (which was expected). Still, manager Joe Girardi was encouraged with what he saw.

“He looked great,” Girardi said. “He looked really good to me. I thought the ball came out well. I thought mechanically he was very sound. He didn’t look tentative at all. I thought he looked very good.” (Credit: Chad Jennings)

Other Notes:

  • Mariano Rivera talked about the possibility of playing Centerfield for an inning in 2012 (Credit: Chad Jennings)
  • Joe Girard likes how Phil Hughes looks early on in camp (Credit: Chad Jennings)
  • The skipper is considering a second lefty in the pen (Credit: Chad Jennings)
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