Brian Heyman here for Chad. So let’s start with that “scandalous” picture that Keith Olbermann put up on Twitter showing Brett Weber, who charts velocity and pitch type from behind home plate for the Yankees, flashing velocity via a hand signal during the opener. That’s a violation of the rules. There’s a standing procedure bulletin out from MLB about this subject, reminding about the prohibition of using hand signals to relay velocity or pitch type.
So the Yankees got a call from an MLB official today. Joe Garagiola Jr. spoke with assistant GM Jean Afterman, asking for an explanation. Speaking during batting practice, Brian Cashman said no disciplinary action is forthcoming. He explained to reporters today that the part of the scoreboard that shows the velocity had malfunctioned and Weber provided the velocity to some Yankees hitters via the hand signals, presumably hitters in the on-deck circle.
Cashman said there’s going to be a meeting soon involving Joe Torre, the new executive VP of baseball operations, and other MLB officials about this general subject. So what if the scoreboard goes out again? “We’re not going to to do it until they resolve what they want,” Cashman said.
Cashman found the general blog stir over this thing to be “silly.”
“The psychotics who obsessed about it yesterday, I think we did them a favor by keeping them off the streets and preventing them from hurting others,” Cashman said.
Without using the name “Mets.” the straightforward GM took a shot at them for their use of Pedro Feliciano.
“He was abused,” Cashman said.
The lefty reliever set a major-league record with 266 appearances over the last three years and started the season on the DL with a muscle strain behind his pitching shoulder.
“The use pattern was abusive,” Cashman said. “But the MRI shows what he’s got, and that leads us to believe all this is resolvable. It’s not a major issue. It’s a timing issue.”
Feliciano said he was checked by a doctor yesterday and that he was coming along well. Feliciano said there’s still weakness, but his triceps was getting stronger. “I feel better,” he said. He doesn’t blame the Mets for this injury. He will begin a throwing program Wednesday or Thursday, tossing on flat ground. Cashman’s guess is that it will be late April or early May at the earliest before he returns.
When he was asked about signing Feliciano in light of the overuse, Cashman said it was a limited market.
“It’s one of these,” Cashman said, holding up crossed fingers.
While saying he would watch how things progressed, Joe Girardi indicated that he wouldn’t be inclined to use Andruw Jones as a pinch hitter vs. lefties in place of Curtis Granderson. The same went for Jones pinch hitting for Brett Gardner unless it was a situation in which a homer was needed. Then Girardi said he might. He said Jones would be used more as a replacement when one of those two gets a day off.