A few notes from the third day of camp:
Kei Igawa was at Legends Field early so he could throw a longer bullpen session. The Yankees are trying to be flexible in terms of how he prepares. … Morgan Ensberg has arrived in town. … Watched Hideki Matsui do some running drills. He was moving pretty swiftly and without a limp. … Had a chance to talk to Andrew Brackman. He’s settling in for what will be a long stay in Tampa as he rehabs his right elbow. “I knew I had something wrong in there last spring,” he said. “Better to have the surgery now and get it out of the way.” Once camp breaks, Brackman will stay at Joba Chamberlain’s place. “I’ll have a 6-10 housesitter,” Jobamania said. “Good security.”
I watched Tony Pena run his catchers through drills today. At one point he had Jorge Posada, Jose Molina, Francisco Cervelli and Jason Brown all lay on their stomachs in a row. Then Pena shot four pop-ups into the sky at two-second intervals. The catchers had to get off the grass, find the ball in the sky and catch it while avoiding each other.
“It’s hard but it’s fun at the same time,” Molina said.
Pena did another drill when he shot two balls into the sky and the catcher had to catch them in succession. The idea, he told me later, is to present them with challenges more difficult than anything they would see in a game.