Here’s a trivia quiz for you:
This Yankee has pitched in six games this spring. In 12 innings, he has allowed six hits, 0 runs, walked two and struck out 11. Give up?
$46 million later, Kei Igawa is the man. Joe Girardi just praised the K-Man for throwing strikes, working at a better tempo and using his defense. “He’s the greatest thing out of Japan since the VCR,” Girardi said.
OK, he didn’t say that. But it would be cool if he did. Igawa threw three more scoreless innings today, allowing two hits and one walk while fanning three.
All that said, there would not seem to be any chance Igawa makes the team. The Yankees see the K-Man as a starter in Scranton. Igawa has $12 million remaining on his deal (yes, $12 million), so he has very little trade value. The Yankees would have to admit their mistake and eat $9 million or so to deal him.
As for other news …
· Andy Pettiitte will not be making the long ride to Fort Myers on Friday. He will throw in a minor-league game to Jorge Posada while Phil Hughes faces the Twins. I believe it is my solemn duty as the beat writer to watch Andy pitch in Tampa. Hopefully my boss feels the same way.
· CC Sabathia will not face the Rays in Port Charlotte on Sunday. That’ll probably be Alfredo Aceves. CC will get his work in elsewhere.
· Damaso Marte will throw a bullpen tomorrow. He’ll need two of those before he gets into a game.
· Robinson Cano is scheduled to be back at second base on Friday.
· Mariano Rivera is down for an inning tomorrow night. After CC goes four, look for Mo to follow.