· I went over to Field 2 today to watch Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon pitch, so I missed Chien-Ming Wang facing Bernie Williams on Field 1. Here is Wang’s take on how it went:
“I left one sinker up high. He hit it far.”
Wang looked at me like I was crazy. So apparently it stayed in the yard.
CMW said his foot feels no discomfort whatsoever and he’s throwing all of his pitches.
· A-Rod did not discuss any of the recent revelations. He did say that he is expects to meet with the MLB investigators in Tampa. He also said it would take “18-24 months” for this to blow over. How he came up with that figure, I have no idea. Maybe one of his consultants figured it out.
· Brackman was fun to watch, especially when he faced Jesus Montero. Now keep in mind that the hitters aren’t really doing much hitting in live BP. They’re tracking the ball and letting the pitchers work on whatever they’re trying to do. But Montero did take a couple of cuts and made solid contact a few times.
Brackman has a lot fewer moving parts in his delivery than I expected. He sort of brings the ball from behind his ear and has a nice downward plane to his delivery. But I can’t see him in the majors before the end of the 2010 season. The Yankees will keep him in Tampa and there’s a chance he sees Trenton this year. He has so little experience and probably knows next to nothing about holding runners, fielding his position and setting hitters up.
· I’m writing a piece on Nick Swisher for the paper tomorrow. He admitted to some disappointment when Mark Teixeira signed as he considers 1B his best position. But after a sour experience with the White Sox, he’s happy starting fresh here even if it’s in the outfield.
I suspect Xavier Nady will be the regular RF. But Swisher gets on base, hits for power and can play four positions. He’s going to get plenty of ABs.
· Ken Rosenthal of Fox reported today that Damon and Nady have their finances frozen because of the Stanford scandal. Here’s the story.
· Damaso Marte’s hamstrings are feeling better and he was out there running around.