Monday Morning News And Notes: 3/9/15

I don't know about y'all, but I didn't do a damn thing this weekend.  Didn't even shower until 2-3 PM yesterday.  I was barely following what was going on in the ST games yesterday and Saturday, so this is kind of a catch-up exercise for me more than anything. - Masahiro Tanaka threw a 29-pitch, 2-inning sim game on Saturday and once again all reports came back positive.  Joe announced during yesterday's broadcast that Tanaka will make his ST debut on Thursday.  Sweet.

- As for the rest of that upcoming rotation, here's what it looks like: Today- Michael Pineda, Tomorrow- Chase Whitley, Wednesday- Chris Capuano, Thursday- Tanaka, Friday- Adam Warren.

- Warren threw 3 innings of 1-run ball in his second ST start yesterday, the 1 run coming on a solo HR on the first pitch of the game.  No walks, 1 K.  Luis Severino also struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances each threw scoreless frames.

- CC Sabathia threw a 29-pitch live BP session yesterday morning, to Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird from what I read, and came away very happy with how things went.  He'll throw a sim game sometime this week before presumably making his ST debut early next week.

- Alex Rodriguez played his first game in the field yesterday, and handled it well by going 1-2 with a bloop double and a strikeout and making a nice backhand play at third base.  He's scheduled to DH in today's game, and as I said on Twitter last night that is a very good sign.  Not even a week into the spring game schedule and he's already played multiple games, played the field, and played in back-to-back games.  His body must be feeling really good.

- Brendan Ryan continues to slowly work his way back from a back sprain.  He's listed as "day-to-day" right now, and something tells me he's going to stay that way for a number of days to come.

Big day on the blog today.  We've got Cole Hamels talk, middle infield roster battle updates, and the next moment in the IIATMS Top 20 countdown.  And follow IIATMS on Twitter if you aren't already. Seriously, do it.  It's ridiculous how few followers we have.  If you like the stuff you're reading here, or even if you don't and you want to tell us about it, help a blogger out. It takes 5 seconds.