The New York Yankees did play a game on Saturday afternoon and lost 2-1, there were some notes but the day belonged to Mariano Rivera. Mariano Rivera announced his retirement following the 2013 season on Saturday morning. He was as always very humble, appreciative and classy. There will never be another Mariano Rivera, he simply is one of a kind both as a player and a person.
Phil Hughes back has been a big deal and he threw today but today it was really no big deal. Jose Ramirez is a 23 year old pitcher who is making noise in camp. He pitched well again today and has now has started two games totaled nine innings and given up four hits. He has walked one and struck out five, his fastball can run into the mid 90’s and he can locate a changeup. He should be in AA Trenton to start the season and I think the Yankees will really be paying attention. He is a guy who if does well this season can end up in AAA and maybe be in the big leagues next season at some point.
Derek Jeter saw his first action today and was 1-2, he will sit out tomorrow and DH again on Monday. Jeter will get the green light after that and be back at SS sometime next week. Rivera had a 1-2-3 inning in his first appearance with two strikeouts. He is truly amazing, this is a man who hasn’t pitched in a game in 10 months and he didn’t look rusty at all. He said he felt great, that he wanted to cover first base or something like that but it didn’t happen. He said it will happen next time, he should see his next action on Wednesday.
There was good news today as all Hughes, David Aardsma and Dave Robertson all threw off a mound today and reported no problems. There were two more cuts from big league camp today which were Kelvin Perez and Tom Kahnle. Slade Heathcott returned from his minor thumb injury today and was 1-2. Ronnier Mustelier is a guy to watch, he could be an interesting option for third base, we will see what happens.
Chris Stewart threw out a runner today, Joba Chamberlain threw a scoreless, hitless and walkless inning. Ichiro Suzuki had the only two hit game for the Yankees and he even stole a base, he has looked very good this spring.