As with the start of every season, storylines abound as spring training 2013 enters its second day. There is plenty of intrigue surrounding Yankee camp and we will keep you updated as news breaks.
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MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Yankees have acquired pitcher Shawn Kelley from Seattle for outfielder Abraham Almonte. The 28-year-old right-hander notched a 3.25 ERA in 47 games with the M’s last season. The 23-year-old Almonte spent last season in Double-A, posting a .276 BA in 78 games.
Jack Curry reports that Francisco Cervelli addressed the BioGenesis clinic connection by saying he consulted them about a foot injury in 2011 and did not accept anything from them. He still denies taking any PEDs.
Jack Curry reports that Andy Pettitte will not make a decision on pitching in 2014 until next winter.
YesNetwork.com has a slideshow from the first workout with the pitchers and catchers.
Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News reports that prospect David Adams, who was expected to fight for a utility infield position, will miss spring training with a back injury. It’s another setback for Adams who has had ankle trouble in the past. Feinsand also writes that Michael Pineda threw off the mound today but Joe Girardi does not expect him to pitch in any spring games.
Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News reports that highly-touted prospect Austin Romine is in Tampa and ready to fight for the starting catcher job, but is missing his 9-day-old son, Benjamin, back in Southern California. “My wife had to kick me out the door,” Romine said.
USA Today’s Bob Nightingale reports that Rivera will continue to shag fly balls but will be careful. God help us.
ESPN reports via Twitter that Rivera will reveal his decision on whether or not he will play in 2014 by Opening Day.
Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that Mariano Rivera threw about 25 pitches in front of roughly 40 reporters. Bob Nightingale of USA Today said there was “no visible discomfort” during the session. Newsday’s David Lennon quoted Mo saying his knee is a 9 out of 10, and will be a 10 by the start of the season. Order seems to have been restored to the Universe.