Two recovering Yankees, Hideki Matsui and Mariano Rivera will pass important milestones today, according to Kat O'Brien.
Matsui is in the lineup for the Yankees today against Team Canada. He's actually getting in there with a little more time before Opening Day than he did last season, plus the Yankees don't have any illusions that he will be a regular outfielder this season.Good news there. Matsui will be the starting DH today.
Rivera is set to throw a bullpen session from a half-mound today. It'd be difficult to overestimate Rivera's importance to the team, so it's very good for the Yankees to get him going on a mound. He doesn't throw many innings in any spring training, so a late start should not be a problem for him unless he has a setback in his shoulder.