This afternoon, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain threw their batting practice sessions in two “inning” stints. They threw roughly 20 pitches, sat while another pitcher went to the mound, then went back for another 20 or so pitches.
During Hughes’ first inning, Alex Rodriguez swung and missed against back-to-back fastballs, but the writers were in the clubhouse interviewing CC Sabathia during Hughes’ second inning. It seems we missed something.
“I don’t like the cage thing, especially when A-Rod’s taking you deep,” Hughes said “It might have been a ground-rule double. I tried not to look. It sounded good off he bat. Like thunder.”
Rodriguez said it wasn’t a home run. He hit one deep to left and one deep to right, but Rodriguez didn’t think either ball left the yard.
What about those first two fastballs?
“He was setting me up,” Hughes said. “Baiting me to throw him another fastball.”
UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Here’s the audio. All three are pretty short. Honestly, at this point we’ve pretty much asked these guys all we can in a group setting. Hughes actually made fun of us for not having much to ask him.
In the picture, that’s Yogi Berra, Francisco Cervelli and Rodriguez watching batting practice.