Bombers bits

• Derek Jeter playfully tried to convince reporters that if all went well at camp on Tuesday, he would be cleared to play in the World Baseball Classic. That won't happen, but Jeter will be rooting for manager Joe Torre and Team USA when the Classic begins.

"I enjoyed my experience in the WBC. I had fun doing it," said Jeter, who mentioned coaches Willie Randolph and Larry Bowa, plus trainer Gene Monahan, among those on Team USA he'd like to see. "There's a lot of guys, so I would have loved to have done it, but unfortunately I can't."

• Yankees pitching prospect Mark Montgomery has been sidelined due to back spasms. Montgomery was scheduled to pitch a live batting practice session on Sunday, but had to be scratched, and manager Joe Girardi said he expects Montgomery to be back in action in a few days.

• Travis Hafner hit the Yankees' first batting practice home run of the spring, lining a solid shot into the right-field seats at George M. Steinbrenner Field and hearing cheers from the fans in attendance. Hafner was in the first group of Yankees hitters, along with Jeter, Cano and Eduardo Nunez.