Today’s live batting practice assignments for Field 1 start with these two names: Hughes, Chamberlain.
Guess which field Joe Girardi will be watching.
Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain will face hitters for the first time this afternoon, but we’ve already seen that these batting practice sessions don’t tell us a whole lot about the hitters or the pitchers. Hitters are mostly tracking pitches. Pitchers are announcing what they’re about to throw, then trying to throw strikes.
That said, this is clearly the next step in the fifth starter competition.
Batting practice assignments
Field 1: Hughes, Chamberlain, Logan, Moseley, Ramirez, Melancon
Field 2: Igawa, McAllister, Noesi, Nova, Whelan, Bleich, Mitchell
• Pretty good first group of BP hitters: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Jesus Montero. I’m not sure which field they’ll be on, but if they’re on Field 1, they should be facing Hughes. Fingers crossed!
• A.J. Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Wilkin De La Rosa will throw bullpen sessions today.
• Still no sign of Chan Ho Park in camp.
• Defensive assignments for today: Winfree RF, Laird 3B, Granderson CF, Gardner CF, Hoffmann LF, Nunez 2B, Thames LF, Winn CF, Golson RF, Corona 3B, Gorecki RF, Pena 2B, Curtis CF, Russo SS, Weber LF
• Granderson, Gardner and Winn all played left field yesterday, now they’re all in center field. Russo is at short and Corona at third, those are probably the infield positions where they have the least experience.