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Pregame notes: Bullpen availability

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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There are two Yankees relievers whose availability was questionable tonight.

Chan Ho Park sat out last night’s game because he had been sick the day before, but he’s available again tonight.

“That little flu has been kind of a two-day thing for everybody,” Joe Girardi said.

Joba Chamberlain is less likely to get in tonight’s game. Chamberlain threw more than 30 pitches in Sunday’s season opener, then he pitched again last night.

“I’m not afraid for him to go back-to-back at this point,” Girardi said. “But I’m not real comfortable – depending on how he feels – with him going three out of four days yet.”

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• The Yankees have held David Ortiz hitless through the first two games. “We have a plan of how to approach him,” Girardi said. “That doesn’t always mean you’re going to be able to execute every pitch. So far, we’ve done a pretty good job against him.”

• Girardi as able to pinpoint the exact day Robinson Cano became a better No. 5 hitter: “It really started with about two weeks to go in spring training,” Girardi said. “His approach got a lot better. It was after the game that he faced Brett Myers in Kissimmee, he’s done everything that you’d want from a fifth hitter… The patience. Getting your pitch. If they’re not going to throw you a pitch to hit, you might have to let the next guy do it. He’s been extremely selective.”

• Cool Girardi quote about Cano: “Robbie Cano is a guy I always thought wanted to be great.”

• Despite his strange spring training when he was rained out over and over again, Andy Pettitte will be on pretty much the same sort of pitch limit as the other Yankees starters. Girardi said Pettitte would be able to throw about 100 pitches. “I really liked what I saw from Andy in the games he pitched,” Girardi said. “I thought he threw the ball really well.”

• The Yankees made their claim of Chad Huffman official. He’s been optioned to Triple-A. Baseball America ranked Huffman as the Padres’ No. 21 prospect. The magazine acknowledged his power but said he’s pull-happy and has trouble with offspeed pitches. He was labeled an “adequate” defender. “He looks like a future regular on his best days and a part-timer on his worst,” BA wrote.

• Huffman played football at Texas Christian: “I know he can throw a football,” Girardi said. “But we have to see about a baseball.”

That’s an Associated Press photo taken after the last out on Tuesday.

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