TAMPA, Fla. -- Last week, Manny Banuelos told the assembled media, "This is my year," and privately, some Yankee front office sources have told ESPNNewYork.com they believe the 22-year-old left-hander has an outside shot to go north with the club as the second lefty out of the bullpen depending on what kind of spring he has.
Well, it may or may not turn out to be Manny Banuelos' year, but it certainly is his day today. His day to throw live batting practice to a group that includes Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki and Gary Sanchez.
That session is scheduled for 11:45 this morning, and assuming it stops raining -- the rain started to come down hard at around 10 a.m. -- could be the highlight of what looks like a quiet Saturday in Yankees camp, a day that began at 7 a.m. with Photo Day.
Banuelos, of course, is coming back from Tommy John surgery and has not thrown a pitch to a hitter in a game since May 2012. But he and the Yankees say he is fully recovered (TJ rarely derails pitching careers anymore) and both expect that the promise Banuelos showed in spring training two years ago will be fulfilled, perhaps as early as this year.
Now let's hope the rain stops so he can show us something.
Cervelli speaks: I had a long chat with Francisco Cervelli at his locker this morning and got him to address, among other things, the run of bad luck that has kept him off the field for much of the past few seasons, the disheartening fact that with Brian McCann here for the next five years, he now appears doomed to be forever a backup, and of course -- wait fr it -- Biogenesis. I'll have a full story up about the Yankees Biogenesis client who IS in camp this season -- you may recall that the other one is not -- a little bit later on.
Sim city: David Phelps was scheduled to throw a simulated game this morning but it's a good possibility that will be washed out by the morning rainstorm.
No. 20 in the house: Jorge Posada arrived in camp this morning for his stint as a guest instructor. I'm sure at some point we'll buttonhole him to talk about his close buddy Derek Jeter's impending retirement.