Kei Igawa has a lot to prove after the Yankees dropped $46 million on him and he pitched more innings in the minors (77.1) than the majors (67.2) last season.
The Yankees have gone out of their way to appease him this spring, letting him do all the extra throwing he wants. Joe Torre and Ron Guidry had little time for him last season. Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland are trying to make up for that.
Igawa entered the game today in the sixth inning with a 9-0 lead After getting an out, he walked the No. 9 hitter on five pitches. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs.
Igawa then left a slider high that a pinch hitter, Eric Baumann, hit for a grand slam. Baumann had two at-bats all season and struck out both times. Keep in mind he was also swinging a wood bat and missed the 2006 and 2007 seasons with a shoulder injury.
Yes, it’s only one game. But it’s more evidence that the Yankees tossed $46 million out the window.