Javier Vazquez was the last Yankees starter this spring. He pitched the intrasqaud game against minor leaguers before the team broke camp on Saturday, and he’s been waiting and watching ever since. He’ll finally get his turn in a regular-season game tomorrow.
“It feels like its been like 10 days since I pitched,” he said. “I’m just getting ready to go out there and just excited to get my first one.”
Vazquez is coming off the best season of his career, but it came in the National League. It’s been a year since he faced an American League lineup on the road, and only three Rays — Pat Burrell, Carl Crawford and Jason Bartlett — have more than 17 career at-bats against him. Only three others have more than seven at-bats.
“Obviously I’ll look at scouting reports and stuff, I’ll look at video,” Vazquez said. “I think when you get a lot of things in your mind, you start to do a lot of things that you’re not used to. I always say that when in doubt, you pitch to your strength.”
Joe Girardi seems unconcerned about the offseason addition to his rotation.
“I love how hard he works and I love that he has a plan and he knows exactly what he wants to do,” Girardi said. “I don’t think you have a year like he had last year and the consistency of 200 innings every year and making starts if you don’t have a plan.”