Steinbrenner’s spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, was asked if Steinbrenner still planned to make Swindal his successor with the Yankees. Rubenstein called back a reporter an hour later and said, “Steve’s counsel has advised us that we should have no comment because this is an ongoing legal matter.” Torre said he would probably hear from Williams in the next day or so. He reiterated the possibility that Williams could make the team, but Williams must first accept the Yankees’ non-roster contract offer and come to camp. “It’s up to Bernie to get himself in that group,” Torre said. “The only way to do that is to come down.” As Torre finished talking with reporters, Mussina and Pavano emerged from the clubhouse manager’s office just across the hall. The two had spent about 10 minutes talking and were smiling when they left the room. Mussina had strong words about Pavano on Thursday, questioning the legitimacy of his many injuries, casting doubt on Pavano’s competitiveness and saying he would not give him the benefit of the doubt. Pavano said he sought out Mussina to clear the air on Friday. Starters Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano met in private Friday to smooth their differences, and manager Joe Torre awaited a call from Bernie Williams. But the fate of Steve Swindal, the team’s general partner, remained in question. Swindal, the designated successor to his father-in-law, George Steinbrenner, in running the Yankees, spent five hours in jail Thursday after the police said he was speeding and weaving in his car after 2 a.m. in St. Petersburg. Steinbrenner had a chance to publicly support Swindal on Friday, but he did not take it. TAMPA, Fla. – So the general partner was arrested, two starting pitchers were bickering and the wayward franchise icon might be on his way back. Just a typical start to spring training at sleepy Legends Field. “Nothing surprises me here,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “There’s always something to talk about.” “We had a nice conversation,” Pavano said. “We’re part of a rotation, and I understand his frustration. He’s been counting on me for two years and I haven’t been there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!