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Notes from Friday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Phil Hughes got the start tonight, but much of the attention this afternoon was on Joba Chamberlain, who is once again shifting roles to move back into the bullpen.

“I can say I’m happy with myself because I gave it everything I’ve got,” he said. “Hughes just beat me. That’s it, the long and the short of it.”

Chamberlain said he expects to go back to using primarily his fastball and slider, and the Yankees seem optimistic that his velocity will again climb into the upper 90s.

“I can’t think about being a starter at this point,” Chamberlain said. “For me to help this team right now, its being in the bullpen and trying to get guys out there. It’s unfair to my team to think about something else.”

Brian Cashman said this afternoon that the team discussed using both Hughes and Chamberlain in the bullpen this season, but they ultimately thought Hughes was their best No. 5 starter. He once again called Chamberlain a “starter pitching out of the pen.”

“I think we finished off his development plan, and we have choices with him now,” Cashman said. “He can start if we need him to start, he can relieve if we need him to relieve. I don’t feel it’s a waste at all. I think we completed the mission on him and what will be, will be.”

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• The Associated Press is reporting that Alex Rodriguez was in fact supposed to met with investigators today, but the meeting was postponed “by mutual consent.”

• Hughes walked four in his three-plus innings, but both Hughes and Girardi seemed happy with his outing. “(He was missing) just a little bit,” Girardi said. “I thought he threw the ball well.”

• Amaury Sanit was reassigned to minor league camp.

• Francisco Cervelli will be out of camp the next two days to attend a personal matter.

• Marcus Thames had a single off Jamie Moyer. It was one of only four Yankees hits in the game. Of course, one of the hits was from Jon Weber, who raised his spring average to .565.

• Mike Rivera still has a sore hamstring. He felt it running to first during the intrasquad game a few days ago. He’ll take batting practice on Monday.

• Hughes next outing is Wednesday against Minnesota. Sergio Mitre will start one of the split squad games on Tuesday.

• Pitchers for tomorrow’s game at Lakeland: A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Chan Ho Park and Dave Robertson.

• Position players not going to Lakeland: Francisco Cervelli, Mike Rivera, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher. The entire usual infield has the game off, so you’ll see a lot of minor leaguers.

Those are Associated Press photos.

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44 Responses to “Notes from Friday”

  1. pat March 26th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    “I can’t think about being a starter at this point. For me to help this team right now, its being in the bullpen and trying to get guys out there. It’s unfair to my team to think about something else.”

    Good attitude!

  2. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Chad, no need to apologize!

    Good stuff, thanks! Joba seems fine, Phil is throwing well – all is right with the Yankees. LOL I’m glad they are going to play a team OTHER than the Phillies, Tigers and Pirates.

  3. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    ” Cashman said. “He can start if we need him to start, he can relieve if we need him to relieve. I don’t feel it’s a waste at all. I think we completed the mission…”

    Well, let’s hold off on the aircraft carrier landing.

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/20.....oln.gi.jpg

  4. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Chad-

    Stop letting the trolls get to you. You are doing an awesome job!

  5. teejay7 March 26th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Why would Joba just use two pitches in the bullpen? Wouldn’t it be better to mix in his curveball every once in a while too. You could probably keep the hitters more off balanced if he uses all his pitches.

    LOL @ Girardi Hughes is great even though he walked 4 in 3 innings. We do not need another AJ Burnett on this team.

  6. The Cash-man March 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    god i hope they keep jon weber, such a great story coming from that guy and i guarantee he wants it more than anyone else… he really deserves a shot

  7. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.1833541

    Not an overly impressive outing tonight by Phil Hughes, who was on a 75-pitch limit and ended up throwing 71. Hughes allowed one run and two hits in three plus innings, walking four with five strikeouts and two wild pitches.

    “Too many pitches, I was deep in a lot of counts but I didn’t really feel like I was wild, I was just kind of just missing,” Hughes said. “Overall I felt good.”

    Hughes said he spent part of his night, as was the case in his other outings this spring, working on his changeup.

    “By working on it I mean throwing it like real game situations,” Hughes said. “I’m not throwing it in ridiculous counts where I never would in a game situation. I’m throwing it when I feel like the count calls for it. And that’s the same with all my pitches. Right now’s the time where you want to get your sequences down and attack hitters like you would during the year.”

    He said he feels as confident in his changeup as any of his other pitches, a major step forward from the start of spring training.

    “I feel like I can throw it at least down in the zone, maybe not a strike every time but at least consistent around the strike zone with it,” he said. “I’ve already seen the benefits my last couple spring outings where my changeup has really become a good pitch for me and something I can use.

    Hughes, awarded the fifth starter’s job yesterday, said it didn’t feel any different taking the mound knowing he wasn’t competing anymore.

    “No different,” he said. “Just went out there trying to do the best job I could. Had the opportunity to work on my changeup and throw that in appropriate counts…The circumstances don’t really affect me at all.”

    It has not been determined when Hughes’ first regular season start will come but he will next take the mound five days from now, next Wednesday against the Twins.

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah, AJ was so bad last year and didn’t win the biggest game of the year. It didn’t take 1 ST game after Phil was named the starter for the critics to emerge.

  9. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 26th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Betsy, it has nothing to do with Phil. People would be doing the same thing if Joba had gotten the call or if Ace had gotten the call. There’s really nothing you can do about it but move away from it and let it takes its course. You’re only going to make it worse if you continue to lecture people, especially since everyone knows that you have been an immovable supporter of Phil. Leave the lecturing to people like SJ and others that people will see as more objective.

    Remember that CC took a ton of heat for not pitching well right out of the gate. And he’s a tried and true commodity. People will fall in with Phil once Phil has proven himself. It will happen. Until then you will probably have to put up with people criticizing and questioning Phil, Girardi for making the decision, and every other thing. You know how restless fans are. It’s not personal with Phil. It’s a baseball thing. The 5th starter was going to get intense scrutiny, no matter who it was.

    The most important thing you as a fan can do is be there with your support. You don’t need an army of support in order to believe in Phil. The important thing is that you believe in him. The rest will come in time.

  10. E-gawa March 26th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I hope it’s Joba of 07 in the pen and not the Joba of 09. At least there’s no rules attached to the guy. If he starts bombing err giving up bombs, they don’t have to pitch him in games that matter.

  11. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Trisha, I’m not the one doing the lecturing, no offense. I’m going to leave it at that.

  12. mark March 27th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    agree, trisha. everyone is under scrutiny, not only hughes.

  13. CR9 March 27th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Betsy

    I know you were joking, but AJ did win the biggest game of the year last year. Game 2 of the WS.

    We lose Game 2, it’s Game, Set…..

  14. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 27th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    CR, that was my point. The guy was criticizing Phil for being another AJ, which is not exactly a bad thing (but it’s also nonsensical since it was just one ST game).

  15. CR9 March 27th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Betsy

    I know you were not attacking anybody. I thought you meant that the children on the blog attacking AJ were still on the fact that he did not win Game 5 (with that being the biggest game of the year).

    Obviously, you and most others know, but any real fan should know that Game 2 was the key game in that series.

  16. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Betsy, if lecturing was the wrong word I apologize. Use whatever word makes sense to you. What I’m trying to point out is that IMO you’re too close to it, or will at least be perceived to be too close to it, for people to take heed. If you have ever been too hasty in coming down on any player (not saying you have, saying IF you have) then you understand that fans aren’t the most forgiving people. You shouldn’t look for it or expect it just because it’s Phil.

    If you sit back and just let nature take its course, it will work itself out.

  17. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    teejay7
    March 26th, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    Why would Joba just use two pitches in the bullpen? Wouldn’t it be better to mix in his curveball every once in a while too. You could probably keep the hitters more off balanced if he uses all his pitches.

    LOL @ Girardi Hughes is great even though he walked 4 in 3 innings. We do not need another AJ Burnett on this team

    ————————————————————

    I assume that you have been skipping school for a long time, but, PRIMARILY does not mean ONLY. LOL at you for being an idiot.

  18. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 27th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Trish, I understand, but I was really defending AJ…..and in this case, the comments were stupid. I can’t avoid commenting because I like Phil (not that you are saying that). I would say the same thing if Joba had pitched.

    CR, I was being sarcastic in pointing out to that poster that it’s not a bad thing to be AJ, especially since he won the biggest game of the year. Of course, the post did double duty as it implied impatience with Phil.

  19. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Pat M, I don’t know the rest of the competition in the field and only know how Tennessee looked when they played Ohio University, but they were some strong looking players. They were knocking around the Ohio University players like they were bowling pins – candlestick bowling pins at that.

    I’m wondering what the chances are that Tennessee could go all the way.

  20. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    They have really “finished off his [Joba's] development plan”? I don’t see it.

  21. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 27th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    “Obviously, you and most others know, but any real fan should know that Game 2 was the key game in that series.”

    —————————-

    I disagree. Game 7 was the key in that series.

  22. CR9 March 27th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Betsy

    I knew that. I just misinterpreted the “biggest game of year” line.

    I thought you meant others were still on AJ for losing Game 5.

  23. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Betsy then I totally misunderstood your comment and I apologize.

    You know you have to be prepared for criticism of Phil. Buckle your seatbelt and get ready for the ride. ;)

  24. CR9 March 27th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Trisha,

    There does not have to be.

    Phil could dominate a la Lester, and get praise all around!

  25. CR9 March 27th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    LGY

    LOL

  26. Jairus March 27th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Where can I find the uniform 28 of Joe Girardi?

  27. stuckey (”its ok to agree to disagree”) March 27th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    “They have really “finished off his [Joba's] development plan”? I don’t see it.”

    I think the context is pretty plain actually. Chamberlain no longer has an innings limit and he’ll be a major league so long as he pitches like one.

    They are telling HIM his career is in his hands and his hands only now.

  28. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    CR9, of course that would be best case scenario and a very good thing!

    :)

  29. m March 27th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Just saw the pix of the paintball outing. Looks like everyone had a blast (no pun intended).

    Good to see Joba with a positive attitude. Great to see.

    Not a great outing by Phil, but there were some positives. The ball stayed in the park and he did twirl 5 K’s in 3 innings.

  30. Jerkface March 27th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    M,

    Hughes did not “twirl” anything. Ballerina’s twirl, Pitchers spin!

  31. Pat M. March 27th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Considering it’s the 2nd time facing the 2 time NL Champions Phillies in 4 days, it really wasn’t a bad outing…5 k’s, whiffing the side in the first not too bad…BB’s caused the pitch count to run high, but when you can’t hit your locations with # 1 it means you’re going to labor somewhat….My question is, what’s up with 3 days rest during spring training, a little unusual…..

  32. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Pat M, I wondered about the 3-days rest also.

    CR9, the bumpy ride had not to do with Phil’s progress but with the fickleness of fans. Fans criticize players and fans get edgy. It’s just a fact of life.

  33. Pat M. March 27th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Tricia, being that the game was blacked out it’s hard to accurately evaluate his performance beyond his line score…I listened to Sterling & Suzie and they indicated that his fastball command was a bit off and he bounced a few in the dirt…But those two get hung up with so much commentary that it’s hard to get a fell for what is actually going on sometimes….Final tuneups are coming up next week for the rotation, so we’ll get a better feel for where everyone is going into the season…..Should be of interest to see where Andy is as he’s hardly thown in game situations…….Will he be sharp and hitting his spots or is he a few weeks behind…He’a a Veteran so stamina could be his only concern

  34. m March 27th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Spin? Rapunzel spins!

    But maybe “twirl” was the wrong word in this case. I usually save that one for a gem.

  35. Pat M. March 27th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    m, congrats to your Duke Blue Demons….I lost all 5 wagers tonight resulting in losing more than half of the money I had accumulated since the NCAA Tournament started….Put it this way, going into Thursday’s action I was up a tad over 600.00, I think I’m down to 275.00….I hate Duke……

  36. Nick in SF March 27th, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Phil will be phine.

    He was probably still in a state of shock that he beat out Sergio Mitre for the rotation spot.

  37. Pat M. March 27th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Nick in SF. I broke the Cardinal Rule in handicapping sporting events…..Greed…I played too many games after jumping out to such a clean start…….Xavier last night should have been my wake-up call…. Are the SF Giants going to be over or under 83….I’m looking at over….Give me your call….

  38. Nick in SF March 27th, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Pat M, the second weekend of the tourney is where Cinderella comes to die… there are very few George Masons, far too many Dukes and Michigan States and Kentuckys… I warned you that Cornell’s end would be swift and decisive, unfortunately that went for the Gaels as well.

    Northern Iowa was closer than I thought they would be… and I never had any faith in Purdue. Blech. No Yankee fan anywhere is obliged to like or even not hate Duke. That’s just the way it is.

    I like the SF Giants to go over 83 wins. The young pitching one year older, Kung Fu Panda settling into his stardom, the Dodgers’ pitching ever more suspect… the Giants were 3rd in the NL West last year, both teams ahead were in the postseason, and the Giants still got to 88 wins… I like the over and I would like to root for it all summer long.

  39. BJK March 27th, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Pretty much sums up my feelings on how the Yankees are handling Joba.

    http://mlb.sportsnewsandscores.....areer.html

  40. m March 27th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Joba bears some responsibility for last season.

    The Yankees didn’t make him lose velocity.

    The Yankees didn’t make him lose the plate.

    The Yankees didn’t make him struggle in the first innings to the point he had to simulate an inning before his starts.

    Phil earned the spot. He earned it by working on what the Yankees asked him to work on. He has nothing to apologize for. Especially for a theft that didn’t even occur.

    Phil progressed, Joba regressed. But going to the bullpen may allow him to slow down a bit, and maybe recapture the magic he had in his arm.

    People need to get over the innings deal. They don’t give out slots based on innings. People need to accept that Joba isn’t 2008 Joba anymore. And people really need to accept that Joba isn’t starting in 2010.

  41. choochoo March 27th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Joba–”Hughes just beat me.” Isn’t your era something like 16 plus? Take the rocks out of your ham head.

  42. teddy gbu March 27th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    chooohoo

    cc hot owned by minor leagues , so pen him too

  43. m1kew March 27th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Chad -

    One week to go before the real season starts. We pretty much know 23 of the 25 going North. Who is left in camp and why are they still there? Thanks.

  44. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 27th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    choochoo -

    I took “Hughes just beat me” to mean “Hughes beat me, that’s all there is to it” as opposed to “Hughes barely inched me out.”

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