Good morning, Pinstripe Alley readers. Here's your morning news for Wednesday, February 29th.
- For the first time since his Tommy John surgery, Joba Chamberlain threw off a regulation mound. He threw sixteen fastballs during the session, and hopes to add breaking balls back into to his repertoire on Friday.
- Joe Girardi says there is not a battle for the fifth spot in the rotation, but a battle between Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Phil Hughes, and Freddy Garcia for the final three spots. CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda are guaranteed rotation spots, which seemingly answers who the second starter will be when camp breaks.
- At The Daily News, Mark Feinsand writes that Ivan Nova is dealing with the pressure of expectations after his excellent rookie season.
- Brian Cashman recently reached out to Andy Pettitte and offered him the job of "special instructor," which Andy accepted. The former Yankee great is hopeful the arrangement will continue for years to come.
- Joel Sherman is calling Girardi's bluff, and says that Phil Hughes is all but guaranteed a rotation spot due to Brian Cashman's belief that Hughes is a top-of-the-rotation starter.
- Baseball Prospectus published another study examining the effects catchers have on their pitching staffs, and once again, Russell Martin ranked among the best in the game, with an extra 67 runs prevented over the last four seasons.