Joe Girardi spent 30 minutes after the workout meeting with Kei Igawa. “Just trying to get to know him,” Girardi said.
The manager said that Igawa would compete for a starting role.
Routine second day in camp. Half the pitchers threw in the bullpen. There were fielding drills, conditioning runs and some batting practice for the catchers, Shelley Duncan and Hideki Matsui.
Watched Phil Hughes throw and was impressed with his fastball. After his leg injury in May, he said his heater was 91-92 instead of the usual 93-95 it is. “It wasn’t until the playoffs when I felt complete confidence in my leg,” he said. “That was when I got my fastball back.”
Hughes said it’s not so much velocity that he counts on. It’s more the “late life” when he can throw harder. “You need your legs to follow throw and get that little extra on the pitch,” he said. “I wasn’t getting that.”
Jorge Posada caught Hughes and was impressed. On his last few pitches, Posada was yelling “Nice pitch!” back to the mound.
Meanwhile, Hughes has his locker moved. It was Mike Mussina’s idea. He wanted Hughes on one side and Ian Kennedy on the other so he talk to the kids all spring.
Mariano Rivera threw in the bullpen. Girardi had the same comment Joe Torre always had about the closer: Mo is Mo and as long as he’s healthy, that’s all that matters in the spring.