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Wrapping up the day in Tampa

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees won again, 12-0.

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.

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73 Responses to “Wrapping up the day in Tampa”

  1. Rishi March 16th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    In case you didn’t see it in the previous thread…

    From Jayson Stark:

    STRIKE ONE — THUMBS UP DEPT.: First, some players who have looked better than you might think:

    Brett Gardner, Yankees (.393, 6 SB): Gardner is involved in a center-field competition with Melky Cabrera. But even though Cabrera is hitting .375, it’s Gardner’s stock that continues to rise: “If he just does the things he’s done down here, he’ll help that team,” said one AL scout. “They should just put him out there, let him run and inject some speed in that lineup.”

    Jason Donald, Phillies (.350, 9 runs scored): With Jimmy Rollins off on WBC duty and both Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz recovering from surgery, Donald has gotten 40 at-bats already at second, third and short. And he’s done nothing to dissuade the Phillies from thinking he might be ready to help them right now. “He really grows on you,” said an NL scout. “I don’t think I’ve seen him strike out yet. He reads pitches well. He squares up the ball consistently. I like him a lot. He’s got some baseball player in him.”

    Phil Coke, Yankees (1-0, 2.25 ERA, 8 IP, 1 BB, 6 K’s): Coke was the guy who almost got dealt to the Pirates in the Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte trade in July 2008. But he’s starting to emerge as a guy who could win a bullpen job right now. “I love that kid,” said an AL scout. “He can help them. He shows no fear.”

  2. Al from BK March 16th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’m amped to watch CC tomorrow.

  3. gayle March 16th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Any update on how Girardi will handle the Astros game where there is no DH? The audio from the other day hinted he would hold back Wang from that any update??

  4. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Pete, I can’t believe you aren’t going to Ft. Myers to report on Phil – you are clearly shirking your duty, lol.

    Well, if CC is not facing the Rays, that means AJ won’t be facing the Sox or Jays in his next two starts….darn. These guys really need to work in games, not just out of the pen……

    Thanks for the updates – that’s good news about all the players.

  5. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    How’d Robertson look? Thanks!

  6. kd March 16th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    pete,

    i hope you get to stay in tampa and watch pettitte as well. the spring training yankee red sox games must be really annoying.

    kei’s an interesting case. he’s probably the best definition ever of a AAAA pitcher, maybe some pitching hungry team wants to give the yankees some aa prospect and a bucket of fried chicken.

  7. Doreen March 16th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    gayle

    I read that Wang is under orders not to swing!

  8. Brandon, 'Watching Jorge Vasquez in the WBC & Wade go MVP in the NBA' March 16th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    GI Joe for the love of …stop w/ the Igawa praises.

  9. REZ March 16th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    No reason to let the division teams get a sneak peak at our new pitchers. It’s not about results anyway, it’s about the starter building up arm strength. He can do that against minor leaguers too.

  10. dave March 16th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Brandon – How else will he raise his trade value? :D

  11. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Brandon,

    What’s so bad about throwing some praise a pitcher’s way.

    You are such a hardass sometimes.

  12. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 16th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Good stuff regarding Gardner and Coke. Thanks Rishi

    Igawa has been doing well this spring. Gotta give him props for that. :|

  13. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Oops. There should be a question mark there. It may be rhetorical, but it’s still a question. :P

  14. Sully Sox March 16th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    K-Man is the worst thing outta Japan since Pearl Harbor.

  15. Mike in Harrisburg March 16th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t decide if I feel bad for Kei or not. On the one hand, he is living in a foreign country, in a relative backwater now, the subject of huge amounts of scorn and vitriol (of which he is undoubtedly aware), and basically out of options. That’s a tough situation no matter who you are. On the other hand it’s 100% the result of following the money. Eh.

  16. 7*7 March 16th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “I love that kid,” said an AL scout. “He can help them. He shows no fear.”

    Sums up Coke pretty well… he does look like he has no fear. Just pumps strike after strike. Even if he starts getting hit (like he did yesterday), he doesn’t change his approach and start to nibble. He just attacks batters.

  17. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Does the scout know that Coke’s no kid?

  18. Dara March 16th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Kei Igawa is getting praised? I have yet to see that guy pitch well at a game. Another failed purchase by the Yankees. That has got to stop.

  19. Nick in SF March 16th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “He’s the greatest thing out of Japan since the VCR.”

    Betamax :(

  20. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    m-How old is Coke? And I hate Kei Igawa (as a player). Every year he excites people with great minor league/ST #’s, and whenever he comes to the majors he is blown out of the water. He drives you NUTS!

  21. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Well, regardless of what people think about Igawa, good job by Girardi as he continues to be inclusive and nurturing with his pitchers.

    Maybe if Kennedy threw some scoreless innings…oops I better stop right there. :)

  22. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Teix,

    Not sure. 28? Too lazy to look it up and someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

  23. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Kennedy too. Same prob. as Igawa-Great minor league #’s, bad major league #’s.

  24. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    How old was the scout? If you’re old enough everyone’s a kid. :-)

  25. Nick in SF March 16th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I’d like to see the scout old enough to call Livan a kid!

  26. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 16th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Coke will be turning 27 this year

  27. E-gawa March 16th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    If only Igawa was 3 years younger you’d be comparing him to Tom Glavine like you did with Ian Kennedy last year.

  28. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    See?

    Thanks, SA.

  29. X-Mann March 16th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Coke is 26… turns 27 in July

  30. Yank1 March 16th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I thought Coke was in his mid 30s???

  31. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    27 isn’t old…I like this guy. Maybe he’ll be the set-up man while Mo’s here, and then eventually for Melancon too.

  32. Carl March 16th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I agree with Francessa— Gardner needs to calm down. Don’t want him to use up all his hits in the Spring and go cold when the season starts

  33. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Coke is 27 this year. As far as Igawa goes, maybe he’s just had trouble adjusting to the larger baseball with the higher seams. Perhaps this is the year. Or, he’s just not that good.

    It’s strange that his best game came against Boston, and, he’s just fine in interleague play.

  34. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hopefully it’ll be like Rivera-Wetteland!

  35. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Carl-Hope you’re joking with that comment. How about this-He buys more hits before the season starts, and then restocks at the all star break, before September, and before the playoffs?

  36. Tony in Albany March 16th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I know that I’m gonna get jumped allll over for saying this, and trust me, I’m no Kei Igawa fan, but….why is that with the money they have invested in him, and the improvements he seems to have made, why is that he literally has zero chance of a consideration for the bullpen? Shouldn’t he at least be looked at if guys like jason johnson, alfredo aceves, etc are being given a chance? Pitching at in AAA, especially if he has no trade value does absolutely nothing for the organization, so I don’t understand why he’s looked at as “a starter in Scranton”.

    I can’t believe I’m actually trying to make an argument for the K-man…the more I think about it, the more ridiculous it sounds. I don’t know, it just seems like he should have a shot at the long-man position – that guy’s usually only gonna see mop up duty anyway….

  37. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Did not know that you only had so many bullets for the season.

    Go, Brett, go. If he wants to win the job, he needs to hit. Because that’s the biggest knock on him.

  38. Tony in Albany March 16th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    *grammar/retarded check edit*

    I know that I’m gonna get jumped allll over for saying this, and trust me, I’m no Kei Igawa fan, but…with the money they have invested in him, and the improvements he seems to have made, why is it that he literally has zero chance at getting some consideration for the bullpen? Shouldn’t he at least be looked at if guys like jason johnson, alfredo aceves, etc are being given a chance? Pitching at AAA, especially if he has no trade value does absolutely nothing for the organization, so I don’t understand why he’s looked at as “a starter in Scranton”.

    I can’t believe I’m actually trying to make an argument for the K-man…the more I think about it, the more ridiculous it sounds. I don’t know, it just seems like he should have a shot at the long-man job – that guy’s usually only gonna see mop up duty anyway….

  39. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Tony, Jason Johnson has very little chance of making the 25 man roster. He’s only pitched one inning.

  40. Carl March 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Venez vs. PR tonight

    Should be a good one

  41. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Tony-The reason the other guys get more of a shot is that Igawa has seen ML time and stunk it up. Aceves, for example, did quite well when he was called up. Better than Igawa.

  42. DocBooch March 16th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    What’s with the holding back the starters from road trips? Ok, fine if its a division rival but to hold them back to not hit is ridiculous. I don’t even see holding CMW back for it either. It was a freak injury, get over it.

    This better not be a trend.

  43. Greg Cohen March 16th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Another big new stadium photo update: http://tinyurl.com/dbwalj

  44. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    DocBooch-I wouldn’t take the risk. Who cares, it’s ST games.

  45. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Well, we all jokingly say we want players to save their hits for another time, but for Francessa to say that is re-tarted.

    First of all, Gardner hasn’t won the job yet.

    Secondly, good hitting comes with good approaches and mechanics (or at the least can’t come without those things). So what does he want Brett to do? Abandon the good work he’s put in?

    Please tell me Mike F. was kidding.

  46. Teixeiramvp March 16th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    m-I don’t see Melky getting the job unless Gardner gets hurt.

  47. Drills March 16th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I think Francessa was half kidding.

    He was laughing as he was saying it. “Melky is hitting .200, Brett is hitting .500… he’s already won the job he needs to cool off a little but so he doesn’t use up all his hits in the Spring”.

  48. Nick in SF March 16th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Imagine what George Sisler could have done without wasting all those hits on Spring Training.

  49. And 1 March 16th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Melk and Brett both are making the team anyway. And if one starts to slump, the other is on the bench to take over.

    So the battle this Spring is for who gets to be the starter on opening day. Nothing is guaranteed beyond that.

    Bench – Melky, Molina, Swisher, and some utility INF (Pena?)

  50. m March 16th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Teixeiramvp,

    I know, I know. But this is such a circular argument. Where do we put Melky? We can’t even squeeze him on the bench if the backup infielders are more important.

    Let’s pray that Posada is good to go. Though, you hate to lose Cash. lol.

  51. bodhisattva March 16th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    Tony, Jason Johnson has very little chance of making the 25 man roster. He’s only pitched one inning.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    GB7, thnx for link to Riverdogs tix. Answered you late – this forum takes some getting used to in that set up is t once new entries arrive, posters move onto next one, referring back to previous posts, which can’t be moved other than pasting I guess.

    I’m thinking of June 19-21 ’cause we play at Fla. (hardly a critical series) and we can explore the town by day :). Tx again.

  52. dann March 16th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Kevin Cash offers more to the team than Melky does.

    he also played a few games at 3B last yr

  53. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    bodhisattva
    March 16th, 2009 at 5:56 pm
    GreenBeret7
    March 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    Tony, Jason Johnson has very little chance of making the 25 man roster. He’s only pitched one inning.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    GB7, thnx for link to Riverdogs tix. Answered you late – this forum takes some getting used to in that set up is t once new entries arrive, posters move onto next one, referring back to previous posts, which can’t be moved other than pasting I guess.

    I’m thinking of June 19-21 ‘cause we play at Fla. (hardly a critical series) and we can explore the town by day :). Tx again.

    ————————————————————

    My pleasure to pass on the info. Just remember, the park is near two rivers, so sun screen in the daytime and bug spray at night. These are Confederate bugs and love Yankee blood.

  54. Benny Blanco March 16th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Anyone know what Joba’s velocity was today?

  55. hardwired March 16th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I predict that if Molina is held to under 100 at-bats this season due to Jorge’s continued good health, the Yanks will win 100+ games.

    He’s been the key for years, and it took last season for the majority of fans to realize it. Having an superior offensive catcher who is also a leader & steady behind the plate tilts the entire playing field to your advantage.

  56. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 16th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Igawa has really gotten the job done this spring. It will be very interesting to see what lies in his future. Angel Berroa has also been having great AB. I would think he should make it to the big dance in the Bronx sooner or later.

    -trisha

    ;)

  57. Chris - Orlando March 16th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hey does anyone know who will be pitching Thursday against the Jays? I am going over to Tampa for the game and was just curious.

  58. Phil March 16th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Should be AJ.

  59. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 16th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Tonight’s game should be great, and one team will walk out the winner – though I dare not specify which one. ;)

  60. Cor Shep March 16th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Since Arod aint goin on the 60 DL, how are they going to work out the 25 man roster situation? Ranson at 3B then Berroa at util. But they who doesn’t make it? They can’t send down Cabrera, Moline, or Swish.

  61. Sean Serritella March 16th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I wish they would give Igawa a chance. He’s pitching excellent.

  62. Yankee2123 March 16th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    You want to know how bad Igawa sucks?

    Japan didn’t even want him on their team for the WBC.

  63. notfair March 17th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    K-man deserves a chance!!!

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