I stopped Joe Girardi in the clubhouse today as I wanted to get some clarification on how they plan to use Phil Coke.
The verdict is … reliever.
“He’s a guy we see being able to pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen. That’s how we’re going to try and develop him,” Girardi said. “Right now, he’s not a starter.”
If Coke gets stretched out enough, he would fit into that long reliever role. But being left-handed, he also could be used situationally.
“I feel like I could go four innings if they want or pitch to one batter,” Coke said yesterday. “I started a lot in the minors but I liked pitching in relief last year. Whatever they want.”
Coke is an interesting player to keep an eye on as he was sort of muddling along before emerging last season. Keep in mind that he is going to be 27 in July. This is not some kid. But as impressive as he looked in the majors last season, September innings for a third-place team can’t be trusted. He still needs to prove himself.
Meanwhile it was reported last night that A-Rod has — you guessed it — hired another advisor!
Congratulations to attorney Jay Reisinger, he is now part of the team. Reisinger represented Sammy Sosa and Andy Pettitte during their PED problems. It’s probably too late to tell Alex to pretend he can’t speak English, however.
The current list of advisors (as of 11:25 a.m.):
· Scott Boras, sports agent
· Guy Oseary, Hollywood agent
· William Morris Agency
· Richard Rubenstein, PR guru
· Ben Porritt, crisis-management consultant
· James Sharp, attorney
· Jay Reisinger, attorney
· Jason Zillo, Yankees media relations director