Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/11/12

Happy Monday, Yankee fans. Today's lineup is already posted:

Gardner 7 Jeter 0 Ichiro 9 Youkilis 3 Nunez 6 Stewart 2 Joseph 4 Mustelier 5 Heathcott 8

Kuroda P

The big news this weekend, aside from Mariano Rivera's retirement, was Derek Jeter's return to the field on Saturday. He was the DH and had one hit. He'll be the DH again today against the Cardinals this afternoon.

Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger had an interesting read yesterday about something almost happened in the Spring of 1996. Now, this story isn't a new one but there are some people out there who haven't heard it. It seems George Steinbrenner was dangerously close to making a trade before the 1996 season that would have sent Rivera to the Seattle Mariners to Felix Fermin. Could you imagine? What a weird universe we'd all be living in right if that trade went down. I get goosebumps - and not the good kind - thinking about it.

More from McCullough, this time on David Phelps and his impressive Spring. Phelps had another great outing yesterday, throwing five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out three batters. So far this Spring, Phelps has thrown 14 innings and has only given up one run.

Some quick hits:

The upcoming pitching rotation for this week is:

Tuesday: Ivan Nova Wednesday: Andy Pettitte Thursday: TBA Friday: Sabathia Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda (home), David Phelps (away) Sunday: Nova

Speaking of pitching, Phil Hughes threw a 26-pitch bullpen session and says he felt fine.

http://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/311097416671711233

That's good news.