Four pairs of dark spikes and sneakers were neatly lined up along with a black glove. Unused navy socks with "46" in a white circle were off on the left. In the center was an unopened pile of mail.
Andy Pettitte's locker hasn't been used since the Yankees reported for spring training. That will change soon.
He is due to report today and plans to make his first public comments since telling a congressional committee that Roger Clemens had spoken with him about using performance-enhancing drugs.
"The sooner he gets here, the better it will be, to get it over, and just do what he has to do," Mariano Rivera said Sunday.
Pettitte was excused from testifying publicly last week after he gave a deposition and an affidavit. In addition to his December admission that he used human growth hormone for two days in 2002 while with the Yankees, he said he injected himself with HGH for one day in 2004 while with the Astros after obtaining two syringes from his father.
Pettitte also said Clemens, his friend and former teammate, had discussed nearly a decade ago using HGH, and he testified that Brian McNamee, the former personal trainer for Clemens and Pettitte, had spoken in 2003 or 2004 about steroids use by Clemens.
"There's just necessary steps on this ladder as he climbs back, obviously, up on that mound starting every fifth day for us," general manager Brian Cashman said. "So (today) is Step 1 in that process."
Pettitte was given permission to report to spring training four days after other pitchers.
The New York Daily News reported that Pettitte's father obtained the HGH he supplied his son from a trainer who attended high school with his son. Kelly Blair, who owns a gym in Pasadena, Texas, was the source of the substance, the newspaper reported Sunday.
PHILS DON'T TAKE BAIT: A day after Carlos Beltran said the Mets are the team to beat in the NL East, the defending division champions shrugged it off.
"Whatever. I don't care," Phillies pitcher Brett Myers said.
Beltran's prediction, a direct message to Jimmy Rollins, came on the day newly acquired ace Johan Santana participated in his first workout with New York. Rollins stirred things up last year when he claimed the Phillies were the team to beat, then led them to their first postseason since 1993.
As Rollins hasn't arrived, it was up to his teammates to fire back. They took a pass.
"Not gonna happen," second baseman Chase Utley said. "I got nothing for you. I'm boring."
CHACIN BEHIND: Blue Jays left-hander Gustavo Chacin might be a little behind schedule as he tries to recover from a shoulder injury, general manager J.P. Ricciardi told MLB.com. Chacin threw off a mound for the first time in months.
MARLINS BALLPARK: The Marlins and two local governments have ironed out details of a $515-million proposal that would give the team a 37,000-seat ballpark on the site of the Orange Bowl. The proposal requires that Miami-Dade County contribute $347-million in funding, including $297-million in tourist tax dollars. The city of Miami would pay $13-million. ... Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez was told to shut down a throwing program after complaining of discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder.
UNIT DEALS:Left-hander Randy Johnson, 44, who six months ago had his second back surgery in less than a year, threw off a mound in front of Arizona manager Bob Melvin. "He came out throwing bullets the first pitch he threw," Melvin said.
BREWERS: Right-hander Yovani Gallardo has torn cartilage in his left knee and is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, likely sidelining him for about four weeks.
PADRES: Right-hander Mark Prior didn't feel any pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder during or after his first spring workout Saturday.
Blue Jays: Workouts at Bobby Mattick Complex (1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin). Game tickets: (727) 733-9302; Knology Park (373 Douglas Ave, Dunedin) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; or bluejays.com.
Phillies: Workouts at Carpenter Complex (651 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater) or Bright House Networks Field (601 N Old Coachman Road). Game tickets: (727) 467-4457; Bright House Networks Field 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; or phillies.com
Yankees: Workouts at Legends Field (1 Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa). Game tickets: (813) 879-2244; Legends Field 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; or ticketmaster.com.