WFUV Reports from Mets and Yankees Camp
As he begins his 4th season with the Mets, Daniel Murphy is re-adjusting to his new position at second base. His season ended there last season when the Braves' Jose Costanza collided with Murphy as he tried to turn a double play.
Now, Murphy is preparing to be the Orange & Blue's everyday guy at that position. Last spring, Murphy prepared to be the team's utility man, playing some first, second, third, and left field. Listen to Amit Badlani's 1 on 1 interview below about what he's working on defensively, teaming up in the middle with Ruben Tejada, and his goals for the season.
Meanwhile, in Yankees camp, It was just another spring training in Tampa for the New York Yankees. Friday, March 16th dawned, and exactly three weeks remained until the Bombers opened up their 2012 season in St. Petersburg, Fla. against the Rays.
Little did we know that one of the 'Core Four,' Andy Pettitte, was getting the itch to compete again. He retired after the 2010 season, even though some felt that he had some gas left in the tank. He threw a secret bullpen session early Tuesday morning, and yesterday, the news broke: Pettitte had returned to the Yankees, signing a minor-league contract that will earn him $2.5 million if he makes the major-league roster. He will not start the season in the major leagues, as he needs to get into game shape. He is expected to make his return in late April or early May.
John DeMarzo caught up with Yankees outfielders Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson in the Yankees' clubhouse this morning, asking for their reaction on the return of an all-time Yankee great. He also asked him what they thought of this year's team, which was made stronger by Pettitte's return. In Granderson's case, John asked him who he liked to win the 2012 NCAA Tournament.