Turns out, Javier Vazquez is on vacation with his family, but he’s agreed to be on the conference call.
Vazquez: “I’m glad to be back. I’m excited to be a part of the team again. Everybody that knows me, knows that I didn’t want to leave my first time out. I’m just glad to be back.”
Vazquez on his 2004 season with the Yankees: “In the second half, my arm didn’t feel as good as it did in the first half, and it was really the first time in my career, and really the only time in my career, that I felt my arm wasn’t where it’s supposed to be. I started getting treatment a little later than I should have. I never said anything. I went out there every five days. I hated not being out there. That might have been my mistake, I never said anything.”
Vazquez on his 2009 season: “I just felt good. I felt good in Atlanta. I was glad to be back in the National League. I just pitched. It’s tough to say this went good, this went bad. Obviously I had a good season and everything was working for me, but I can’t pinpoint everything.”
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: Brian Cashman is up next. Vazquez didn’t have a lot to say, just talked a lot about leaving New York with a bad taste in his mouth and being excited to get back with a chance to fix that.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Random tidbit. Vazquez is the first player the Yankees have traded for twice since Jeff Nelson.
Cashman on the 2004 numbers not bothering him: “He’s a tremendous pitcher who has a long career of success and durability. And really the second half of 04, which was poor, can not erase the long success he’s had as a major league pitcher.”
Cashman on Hughes and Chamberlain: “It’s going to be a competition for that fifth spot.” Cashman said whoever does not make the rotation will either go to the bullpen or go to Triple-A. The Yankees have not decided who gets bumped.
Cashman on the Yankees payroll: “I do have a number that we’re working under. We will be at that number and it will be less than last year… I will continue to look at any remaining piece (for the outfield), but it won’t be a big piece.”