Brian Heyman here for Twins-Yankees. Welcome to Target Field in Minneapolis. Oh wait, we’re at a Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y. It just feels like Minnesota, 38 degrees with the windchill at the moment and 43 overall. It isn’t good typing weather. How do these guys hit in these conditions or get a feel of the ball pitching? Got to give them credit.
Or to some discredit. Can you believe the Red Sox are 0-5 heading into today’s game at Cleveland? No team has ever rebounded to win the World Series after that kind of start. Somehow, though, I wouldn’t be writing Boston off just yet. The Yankees will get a firsthand look tomorrow at Fenway in the start of the three-game series.
“It doesn’t take much for a team to turn it around, especially when you’re as talented as they are,” Joe Girardi said. “We know that. It’s not probable that teams are going to lose five games in a row very often over the course of the season. It’s just happened to them in the beginning of the year. But we’ll have a tremendous amount of respect for what they can do.”
Phil Hughes was holding court this morning, since he will face the Red Sox in the opener, and because he didn’t have his good velocity in his first start, just around 89-90. He said it’s frustrating that it’s not there right now, but he’s confident that it will come around, just like it did last year. He thinks it’s a matter of building arm strength and fixing mechanics. He was encouraged by his recent side sessions, so we’ll see.
Pedro Feliciano didn’t start his throwing program yesterday and won’t today. Now he says he won’t play catch until possibly Tuesday, under the advisement of the Yankees’ medical people. Feliciano said they don’t want to rush it with that left shoulder.
“We don’t want to have a set back,” Feliciano said.
The good news is that he says he’s progressing and is “about 90 percent.” He said the strain is in a muscle outside of his rotator cuff, not in the rotator cuff itself.
Freddy Garcia is available out of the bullpen today after his Yankees debut start got rained out Wednesday night. He’s now supposed to go 16 days between starts. Girardi said last night that he’s looking at April 15 here against Texas.
“We told him we’d like to try to get him to face some hitters if possible, if the situation arises,” Girardi said. “If it doesn’t, we have to find a way to keep him sharp. It’s unfortunate for him that his start got rained out, but it’s hard to fight Mother Nature.”