Javier Vazquez hasn’t pitched since May 1. In that time, he’s thrown two bullpens, each a little longer and more aggressive than his usual bullpen sessions.
“Usually my bullpens are nice and easy,” he said. “These I pushed it a little bit.”
There are few mysteries here. Vazquez said he hasn’t really been working on anything new. He’s been battling the same mechanical issues all season, and the bullpens didn’t tell him anything about the progress of his fastball. Basically, Vazquez said, he needs to get back in a game and find out where he stands. Is it better that he’s starting on the road instead of in the hostile environment of Yankee Stadium?
“I just need to pitch well,” he said. “On the road or at home, it doesn’t matter.”
Vazquez starts against the Tigers tonight. Here’s his session with the media from yesterday.
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