Worth noting

• Girardi said that shortstop Brendan Ryan reported some improvement in his back and oblique, but he is expected to open the season on the disabled list.

• While the Yankees are off on Monday, Ivan Nova will get in some work to stay on track. He is slated to pitch in a Minor League game at the Himes Complex at 1 p.m. ET.

Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.