CC Sabathia just walked out of the dugout and down the right-field line for the start of today’s sim game. Larry Rothschild and Mike Harkey are standing behind screens behind the mound and Joe Girardi just walked into the dugout.
Still not sure who’s hitting and who’s catching.
UPDATE, 10:05 a.m.: Martin is catching Sabathia and calling balls and strikes. The hitters are from minor league camp and just seeing them in the box, I can’t tell who they are. Te first batter drove the first pitch to left-center, which was ruled a double. The only players on the field are Sabathia, Martin and the various hitters taking turns at the plate. Girardi, Harkey and Rothschild are watching from behind screens behind the mound.
UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: Sabathia got out of a simulated bases-loaded jam with a simulated ground ball to short. He walked two and allowed the double. He struck out one.
Here’s Colon, pitching to Austin Romine.
UPDATE, 10:16 a.m.: Colon worked a 1, 2, 3 inning with a strikeout and a hard-hit fly out to center field. I’m watching from the seats directly behind home plate, and from here you can really see what the coaches are talking about with Colon’s fastball
movement. It really darts at the end.
UPDATE, 10:23 a.m.: Sabathia pitched a 1, 2, 3 second inning, ending it with a broken bat grounder to third. Hope these kids didn’t bring their good bats. Now Colon is pitching to Martin, who stayed behind the plate while Romine gets an at bat or two.
UPDATE, 10:29 a.m.: Now we’re rolling through some quick simulated innings. Colol just sent the side down in order, including a strikeout of Romine on a high fastball. Romine is now out to catch Sabathia in the top of the third.
UPDATE, 10:34 a.m.: Three up, three down for Sabathia. He had one strikeout — looking — and one hard-hit fly to right.
UPDATE, 10:40 a.m.: There’s that two-seamer from Colon, locking up the last batter of the third inning for a called third strike. Colon struck out two in the inning and allowed a flare single to left. His fastball and changeup look pretty impressive.
UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: Sabathia had a perfect top of the fourth. Colon allowed two hits but no runs in the bottom of the fourth. Meanwhile, Brian Cashman has joined the coaches on the field. This is spring training excitement at its very best!
UPDATE, 10:56 a.m.: Oh no! Simulated Curtis Granderson ran into simulated Robinson Cano on a shallow fly ball behind second base. Granderson held on for the simulated third out of the top of the fifth. Simulated Gene Monahan ran out of dugout, but Granderson was remarkably fine and laughing with Cano on the way to the dugout. These fake games with nonexistent players can be pretend dangerous.
UPDATE, 11:02 a.m.: I kid you not, there was just a brief debate about whether a ball was foul or fair, the difference between a two-out double or the third out of the inning. It was finally ruled a double and Colon got the next guy out. Here comes the debate about simulated instant replay.
UPDATE, 11:09 a.m.: Didn’t realize until just now that simulated Ramiro Pena got the start at shortstop this morning. That must be him because Sabathia just got the third out of the sixth on a ball that was chopped over his head up the middle.