By Sweeny Murti
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You have probably heard it a thousand times — from every manager and coach in every sport — on the first day that a team gets back in uniform for the new season: “If we stay healthy… blah blah blah blah blah.”
The funny thing is that it’s usually the truth. Even with a few holes to fill here or there, most teams go into their new season feeling somewhat optimistic about things going their way if they can stay healthy — especially their star players.
With the Yankees that is true as well, but they open spring training talking about the health of many players, including their biggest stars. Forget that Alex Rodriguez isn’t even here, and won’t be all spring. How about we start with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia? You won’t find three bigger stars on one team who all had serious health issues last season, and who are all being counted on to be major contributors again right from Opening Day.
Joe Girardi enters this spring with some holes in his roster and his lineup, but the little bit of unknown surrounding #2 and #42 jumped to the front of Girardi’s mind when asked Monday morning about his concerns heading into camp.