I’m sick of A-Rod, too. So here’s some baseball stuff to turn the tide:
Brian Bruney and Jonathan Albaladejo were at the workout this morning.
Bruney remains trimmed up and was in great spirits. I think he is going to be a big, big piece of the puzzle. Although he pitched in only 34.1 innings last season, opponents hit .153 off him. He also handles left-handed hitters well.
Bruney isn’t as colorful as Joba, but he has that same competitive mindset and he’s not afraid to challenge hitters. I think he can be an effective set-up man and will allow Joe Girardi to use Damaso Marte in optimal situations. Marte, in my mind, is not a pure eighth-inning guy
And don’t sleep on Albaladejo. He made the team out of camp last season and pitched fairly well (outside of one bad outing against Detroit) before he hurt his elbow. He’ll have a shot.
I’m also surprised by what I’ve seen from Jorge Posada. He is showing good pop in the cage and I think it’s a good sign that on Feb. 11 he’s receiving balls in a crouch and coming out of it to throw. The Yankees will be cautious with him all camp but he seems to be on pace for Opening Day.
For a guy like Posada, given his age and experience, it’s better to be cautious. As long as he gets his at-bats, how many innings he catches in the spring isn’t a huge concern. He can catch the new pitchers in the bullpen to learn them.