The wind was a beast this afternoon. It almost blew a ball over Jamie Hoffmann’s head in right, and it nearly blew a ball out of Brett Gardner’s reach in left. Both made pretty good plays to make the catch.
“You can be out there for two hours in BP and you don’t get nearly as much work as that one ball I just got,” Gardner said.
That’s a good thing for the Yankees, who are still trying to sort out their outfield alignment and need to see both Gardner and Curtis Granderson tested in left. Gardner seemed to pass the first test, as did all three of the rotation/long relief candidates who pitched today. Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves combined for six scoreless innings with no walks, a strikeout apiece and only an infield single off Gaudin.
Here’s Joe Girardi, talking about his pitchers, his outfielders and the No. 2 spot in his lineup.
And here’s Granderson talking about his first game in pinstripes and his need to see more left-handed pitchers before making further adjustments.
• Position players who will not be traveling to Clearwater tomorrow: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Marcus Thames, Jon Weber, Francisco Cervelli, P.J. Pilittere and Mike Rivera.
• Unless he has a setback in the next two days, it looks like Joba Chamberlain is good to go on Friday. He threw a bullpen today “If he feels OK on Friday, we’ll pitch him,” Girardi said. Javier Vazquez also threw his scheduled batting practice session today, becoming the last starter to do so.
• George Steinbrenner was here briefly. He was driven through the concourse beneath the stadium, then driven out.
• CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches or two innings tomorrow.
• Girardi hoped to get Hoffmann and Thames at least one at-bat against the left Paul Maholm, but he left after one inning. “That plan didn’t go quite as we envisioned,” Girardi said.
• Kevin Russo woke up feeling sick this morning. He wasn’t scheduled to play anyway. “You just hope that it doesn’t go all the way around this clubhouse,” Girardi said.
• Jason Hirsh: Two batters faced, two strikeouts.
• After his home run, Ramiro Pena walked into the clubhouse and was greeted by Gardner, who demanded a hug.
• If you can’t tell, that’s former Yankees right-hander Ross Ohlendorf in the picture. He looked good in his one inning. Can’t really say the same for Steven Jackson.