TAMPA, Fla. — The days of Alex Rodriguez, guest instructor, apparently are fast approaching.
It is anticipated that the former slugger, now a special adviser to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, will be at Yankees camp next week.
According to an ESPN report, the 41-year-old will be in camp for three days.
“He’s just going to do what everybody else does,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday morning. “When he comes in, [bench coach] Rob Thomson and Joe Girardi will tell him where and what.’’
Though much was made Wednesday of Steinbrenner saying he “absolutely” would be open to an expanded role within the organization for Rodriguez, few reported the follow-up when the owner was asked what he might have in mind.
“Haven’t thought about it,” Steinbrenner replied. “He was down in instructional league [in the fall] working with those guys, the young shortstops. He was great, and right now that’s what he’s going to be focused on.”
Taking nothing for granted
While the starting catcher’s job belongs to Gary Sanchez, the 24-year-old said that’s not his approach to spring training.
“I’m working as if I do not have a guaranteed spot [on the team],” he said. “You never know, so you have to keep working hard.”
On the mound
Among those throwing bullpen sessions were Masahiro Tanaka and James Kaprielian, the club’s first-round pick in 2015, who impressed in spring training last year and into April with high Class A Tampa before a right flexor strain cost him the season.
“He looked pretty good,” Girardi said of Kaprielian, 22. “His changeup, the bottom was falling out of it, which is pretty good. His changeup at times almost acts like a hard split, so that was good to see.”
The Yankees made their signing of Chris Carter official. Carter, 30, was signed to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with incentives and will wear No. 48. To make room on the 40-man roster, lefthander Richard Bleier was designated for assignment.