Williams may not be ready for Tokyo opener

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bernie Williams hopes to return from his
appendectomy in time for New York's March 30 opener against Tampa
Bay in Tokyo. The Yankees aren't so sure.

Williams jogged and played catch Monday during his first
on-field workout since his appendix was removed Feb. 26.

"I'm still optimistic about it," he said of opening day.
"We're just going to take it as it comes, one day at a time. I
don't want to set up a target."

Williams is scheduled to resume lifting weights and swinging a
bat Thursday.

"Unless he has any setbacks, he'll be healthy by opening day,"
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "Whether he's baseball
ready, I don't know. I don't know if he'll have enough at-bats by

After the two-game series in Tokyo, the Yankees resume the
season April 6 at the Devil Rays.