Youkilis also made headlines during the offseason with Yankees’ pitcher Joba Chamberlain. The two had feuded in the past over high-and-tight fastballs.
After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees, the reliever left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January he had not heard back, then revealed this month he had received a text.
The pair got together Friday before workouts for New York’s pitchers and catchers. Both feel the matter got blown out of proportion.
“Everything’s good,” Youkilis said. “We are all teammates here.”
Chamberlain downplayed the feud.
“He just came over and said hello, and I welcomed him,” Chamberlain said. “Like I told you all before, it’s done now. I hope we don’t have to talk about this anymore. It’s over with. We don’t live in the past. We live in the present.”
New York will host the Red Sox in the regular-season opener at Yankee Stadium on April 1.
“I’m excited to play against them opening day,” Youkilis said. “I’m excited to put on the pinstripes, the full pinstripes.”
Youkilis joins Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as Boston players who made the switch to the Bronx.
“We’ve had other Red Sox players that have walked in here and done well, and our fans really warmed up to them,” Girardi said. “I think Youk’s going to be the same kind of guy.”
NOTES: New York’s position players are scheduled to report Sunday. ... RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder surgery) threw 25 pitches in his second bullpen session. He is expected to be out until at least June. ... Left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral (left elbow fracture) is throwing off a mound and could be ready to pitch in minor league games after the team breaks camp at the end of next month.