Brian Heyman here again. It has been a quiet morning at the ballpark. The Yankees had optional batting practice before the series finale.
Joe Girardi is curious to see what Phil Hughes’ velocity is in today’s start. He was only around 88-90 mph during spring training, although obviously he could have been building arm strength.
“I don’t question that he’ll hit 90,” Girardi said. “You question will he be up to the 93, 94 that he was at last year. The spring of 2010, his velocity was similar to what it was this year and then all of a sudden it jumps. I’ve seen some of our other pitcher’s velocity jump a little bit in their first game. I thought Robertson’s jumped a little bit. I thought Soriano’s jumped a little bit. Sometimes that little extra adrenaline is what gets that going.” …
Girardi put in Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez late in Saturday’s game with the Yankees up big.
“Any time I can give our veteran guys a few innings off, I’m going to try to do it,” Girardi said. “You feel pretty safe with a 10-3 lead. There’s never any lead that’s 100 percent safe. If you can give them a couple of innings, you give them a couple of innings. Last year, a lot of times, we only had one infielder, so I could do one one day and one another day. But now with Nunez and Chavez, you can do both of them at the same time. And I’m going to do that from time to time to try to give them a blow.” …
The Yankees are trying to be aggressive on the bases.
“That’s one of the things that we talked about during spring training,” Girardi said. “One of the things that we wanted to focus on was baserunning and being aggressive and … first to third and doing those type of things, putting pressure on the opposing club. I know that Gardy and Granderson talked a lot about stealing bases during the course of spring training and different things they were going to try to do. I think that’s a healthy competition. We had all our guys working on that.”