This morning, Kevin Long stood in one of the batting cages tucked beneath the right-field stands at Steinbrenner Field. From 40 to 45 feet away, he fired fastball after fastball over the outer half of the plate so that Derek Jeter could take his hacks.
“It’s going to be an everyday thing,” Long said. “I’m going to give you probably the same answers that you’re getting today. This thing is not something that’s going to happen overnight… I was pretty firm today. It wasn’t like I was just laying it in there.”
Jeter and Long will continue to do extra work as long as it takes, while Jeter tries to adjust to his no-stride mechanics. It’s about repetition at this point.
“He’s going to pick it up at times,” Long said, talking about Jeter’s lead foot. “It’s something that he’s trying to get comfortable with. I don’t have a problem with it coming up as long as it doesn’t come in a whole lot. Pujols comes off the ground sometimes.”
A few links on this Tuesday night…
• The New York Times talked to Joe Mauer about being a big guy behind the plate. Mauer had some advice for Jesus Montero.
• Jon Heyman says the Yankees and Twins haven’t talked about a trade in month. That backs what Brian Cashman has been saying about the possibility of trading for Francisco Liriano.
• Ken Davidoff says the Yankees offered Johnny Damon the chance to play the outfield twice a week and DH once a week. Wonder if they have something similar in mind for Andruw Jones.
• Speaking of former Yankees in Cleveland, turns out Austin Kearns was arrested for a DUI in Kentucky back in February.