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Friday morning notes: Youkilis explains, laughs off Red Sox comments

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 15, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kevin Youkilis said he was on ESPN’s website yesterday. That’s when he found out his “I’ll always be a Red Sock” comment had taken on a life of its own.

“I went on and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is a headline?’” Youkilis said. “Next thing I know, I read it and I’m like, here we go. All the guys are having fun with it and joking around. It wasn’t meant to be like how some people are perceiving it. It was just basically explaining, that’s my past and the history of who I am.”

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Standing outside of the Yankees clubhouse this morning, Youkilis laughed while he explained himself. His intention seemed pretty clear yesterday — part of the same quote is the phrase, “It’s part of your life, it’s not defining” — but of course, comments in the heat of this rivalry tend to carry extra weight.

“It hit me hard,” Youkilis said. “I was like, ‘Oh man, I’ve got watch my mouth here.’ The whole thing, for me, I look at it, when I was saying it, it was more like a baseball card. When you look at it, there’s going to be nine seasons or whatever (with the Red Sox), and that’s why I said that. But in the context of what I said, if you read it as, ‘I’m always a Red Sock,’ it looks bad. But it’s not that way. I’m a Yankee today, and I’m excited. I’m proud to be a Yankee, and I’m proud for Opening Day and playing against the team that I spent all those seasons with. Trust me, if you know my personality and know who I am, it doesn’t matter what team’s along the way, I want to beat everyone. I want to beat the Red Sox because I want to start out with a win in Yankee Stadium.”

• Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch side this morning. All fastballs. He said everything went well. Still no setbacks for him. “We just have to be wait, and I have to be honest that it’s a question mark,” Brian Cashman said yesterday. “We just don’t know. I’m hoping, because he’s an important piece, that if he’s back and healthy and performing up to his ceiling, that’s a huge thing for us. Right now, I can’t represent any of those things. I just appreciate him working his tail off and doing everything necessary to give it a chance.”

• Cesar Cabral also threw a 25-fastball side this morning. Cabral and Pineda are on the same schedule — “Every day the same,” Cabral said — and just like Pineda, Cabral said he’s happy with the way his arm has responded. “I feel great,” Cabral said. “My arm rotation, everything.”

• If you’re curious, Youkilis said he shook Joba Chamberlain’s hand this morning and felt no awkwardness. Chamberlain said the same, saying they talked more about growing mustaches than anything else (Chamberlain is growing one right now, he wants Youkilis to do the same). “Tomorrow we’ll hug,” Youkilis said.

• Looks like a pretty light day out here. Pineda and Cabral threw sides already, but there doesn’t seem to be much scheduled for today’s workout. A lot of PFP and the usual batting practice for the catchers, but otherwise, it’s pretty light.

Live batting practice
Vidal Nunez (throwing to Kyle Higashioka)
Facing Francisco Arcia and Gary Sanchez.

Sides
Zach Nuding (throwing to Austin Romine)
Matt Tracy (throwing to J.R. Murphy)

Batting practice
Group 1
Francisco Arcia, Kyle Higashioka, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
Group 2
Francisco Cervelli, J.R. Murphy, Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson

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127 Responses to “Friday morning notes: Youkilis explains, laughs off Red Sox comments”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Like those comments much better. Even if they’re not 100% true, they resonate much better.

    Trust me, if you know my personality and know who I am, it doesn’t matter what team’s along the way, I want to beat everyone”

    That I can believe.

  2. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    God that is one ugly man…

    Imagine having a kid that’s half Youk half Brady..??

    I can’t even picture Gisele wanting to be in a room with that kind of ugly.

  3. RadioKev February 15th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 10:57 am
    God that is one ugly man…

    Imagine having a kid that’s half Youk half Brady..??

    I can’t even picture Gisele wanting to be in a room with that kind of ugly.
    ————–

    +1

  4. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    @DKnobler

    GM Alex Anthopoulos said Blue Jays have no concern that Melky could face additional MLB penalties from Biogenisis investigation.

    ——————

    I’m just gonna post this again to point out no other teams seem all that worried about this report.. unless it’s Arod using steroids, no one cares.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Kev, why was Tebow painful?

  6. RadioKev February 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2013 at 10:58 am
    Kev – why was Tebow painful?
    ———-

    Disliked him back since he was Gator. He is not good at throwing footballs.

  7. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Guys I’m looking forward to see pitch are Turley, Montgomery, Kahne…the latter two could be the setup and closer combo of the near future while Turley is a big lefty in the Pettite mold. He might actually get to the show sooner than either Killer B.

    It would be nice to see a 2014 rotation of CC Pineda Nova Phelps Turley

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 15th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Pitching pitching pitching!

    Yahoo!!!!

    Now that “Youk” fell on his sword I’ll have a much better day, ha ha. Best thing he said is that he sees he has to watch his mouth here.

    Later y’all!

    :)

  9. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Shame,

    The Jays lack of concern could be based on the fact that Melky already was penalized for it. Alex hasn’t been.

  10. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Whenever I think of Gisele now the only thing that comes to mind is:

    “My husband cannot f****ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

  11. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I hope when position players report Melky Mesa is in here busting his butt and forcing Cashman and Girardi to say “wow, here’s our right handed outfielder and maybe more.” He sort of remindsme of Wily Mo Pena in that he has the tools, just needs a class in carpentry to know how to use them.

  12. Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Youkilis at least looks a little more palatable without the facial hair.

  13. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Rich,

    If that’s the only thing that comes to mind when you think of Giselle then you need to walk away from sports for a minute.

  14. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’m just gonna post this again to point out no other teams seem all that worried about this report.. unless it’s Arod using steroids, no one cares.
    -

    If this doesn’t get A-Rod, they will find or invent something else, and a subplot of this season will be to find out who was right about Melky, AA or Cashman.

  15. champ809 February 15th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    repost-

    champ809 February 15th, 2013 at 11:05 am
    A couple of things on “the trade” Abe Almonte for Shawn Kelley

    I actually agree with Chip in that what bothers me about this trade is this infatuation with middle reliever types that we have a million of in the minors. What is the difference between Whitley or Claiborne and Kelley. That Kelly actually got a chance to pitch in the show already? We trade away Kontos for Stewart last year who is an older version of Cervelli for depth just to trade for a “Kontos” type arm back to add to the 7 or 8 of those type guys to have more depth.

    In this case we trade away a switch hitting elite glove/elite baserunner with a real hit tool and leadership intangibles who should have played in AAA @ 23 this year when our major league OF consists of a 40yr old who has 2yrs left in his career, maybe, a35yr old who will not ne on our team next year and a 30yr old elite glove-barely league average bat who will begin to get expensive next season who can never stay healthy.

    The depth is needed in cheap OF options for this team over the next 2-3 years not middle inning bullpen arms.

    And I’m sorry Jekface your unequivocally wrong Almonte is a much better hitter than Gardner in all areas except taking walks and he has shown great improvement in that over the last season and a half. The same age comparisons are even more telling.

    in his age 21-23 seasons at the High A/ AA levels Abe has;

    934 ABs/50 2Bs/20 3Bs/8 HRs/70 SBs/ 100 BBs/ 178Ks

    Gardy in his age 22-23 seasons at the same levels was;

    670 ABs/30 2Bs/13 3Bs/ 0 HRs/76 SBs/103 BBs/ 122ks

    Almonte had some developing power and much more drive in his swing than Gardner will ever have and Abe was a notorious slow starter who would usually heat up come May with the weather then spend the rest of the season hitting .320-.340 hot as a pistol. He in fact is potentially a better version of Gardner in that he brings more upside with the bat, equal prowess in the field and on the basepaths with a RF’ers arm and the switchhitting and intangibles that would have made him a great clubhouse guy as well.

    This trade is not going to kill the organization obviously but it is in my mind a “bad” trade because it makes no real sense to me when looking at the organizations assets and the “immediate 1-3? year needs of the team.

  16. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Chip

    I hear you, but it is not as if I am going to meet her, and I am good with my gf. ;)

  17. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Chad….how bout some cell phone video of live BP!

  18. Cashmoney February 15th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    i think zolio’s upside is Juan Rivera, it will be an interesting to see how will the farm fare in 12.

  19. Cashmoney February 15th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    13

  20. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Bob Klapisch ?@BobKlap
    Can #Yankees afford Phil Hughes in 2014? http://bit.ly/X9LB3l

  21. Cashmoney February 15th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Chip, i like to see Mesa spend more time in AAA honing his tools.

  22. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    “That is, if Hughes would dare end his marriage to the Yankees. At 26, he’s as loyal to the pinstripes as you’d expect – he’s been in the organization since turning 17, and knows no other employers. Hughes is utterly convincing when he says, “The Yankees are the ones who drafted me; they’re like a second family. For me to say I’d be neutral [about leaving New York] would be dishonest.”

    =======
    I find this quote encouraging. I would love to hear that the Yanks extended Hughes’ contract before the 2013 season starts.

  23. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I really wish they could keep Phil….he’s one of my favorite players on the team and I also think he’s going to be a really good pitcher for the next 5-7 years……not a #1…..but a mid rotation guy that will pitch better than that at times and eat up quality innings.

  24. Wave Your Hat February 15th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Yankee organizational software can only track one Almonte at a time so Abe had to go.

  25. G. Love February 15th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Wow, so much negativity this morning about a few words someone in baseball said in the press being interpreted by passionate fans.

    Thank goodness Youkilis ironed that out with a few more words to spin the negativity.

    Isn’t it amazing what being forthcoming and not secretive, smug and derisive to the fans and media can do people’s mentality?

  26. Wave Your Hat February 15th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    “I really wish they could keep Phil”

    I’m sure this has been hashed out here but if Phil pitches well this year he will be too expensive for the belt-tightened 2014 Yankees.

  27. champ809 February 15th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Again I find myself agreeing with Chip in that I hope Melky Mesa really has a blowout camp to see if the Yanks can find the cajones to give him the job of RH/4th OF’er over a guy like Matt Diaz or even a Juan Rivera to see if they can capture the upside of a guy who has elite tools (speed/glove/legit power) possibly a Soriano-lite type guy who can man all 3 OF positions and give you elite D a world class arm youth enthusiasm and athleticism which this team could sorely use as opposed to another has been type stop gap player.

    Sprinkle some of these kids in the mix already and learn from some of your past mis-evaluations. Mesa to me is Austin Jackson with more power. He may never blossom into what AJax is becoming as far as a .300+/ .370-.380obp guy but he could be a nice sparkplug for this team. I hope he forces their hand and makes the roster and make Joe find him 300-350 abs.

  28. G. Love February 15th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    If 189 is the goal, I think Phil is the goner. A lot depends on Jeter, Mo, Andy and Kuroda. If they decide to all come back they are not going to say to the Yankees, give us team friendly deals so you don’t have to pay the lux tax.

    I also think once Phil starts hearing pitches from other teams he may just jump. There’s a ton of pressure pitching here and his decision, if the money is even, will tell you if he wants that pressure or doesn’t.

    I honestly can’t tell with him. Sometimes I feel like he’s got the bulldog in him to step up but a lot of times I feel the opposite.

    He may just want to pitch in a big park in the NL or even go to the Red Sox who were his favorite team growing up and who have a lot of money to spend.

    The best case scenario though is he takes a big step forward and there’s a mutual interest in staying here. If Andy and Kuroda both leave, we need Hughes in next year’s rotation to be competitive.

  29. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Cash, I think Almonte could be a switch hitting Alfonso Soriano

  30. Wave Your Hat February 15th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Who knows, but my guess is Phil will go to the team that pays him the most money. If he has a good year (and I sure hope he does) he won’t be back.

  31. Chip February 15th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I think Phil was a goner the day Guthrie got paid.

  32. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch side this morning. All fastballs. He said everything went well. Still no setbacks for him. “We just have to be wait, and I have to be honest that it’s a question mark,” Brian Cashman said yesterday. “We just don’t know. I’m hoping, because he’s an important piece, that if he’s back and healthy and performing up to his ceiling, that’s a huge thing for us. Right now, I can’t represent any of those things. I just appreciate him working his tail off and doing everything necessary to give it a chance.”

    my gut instinct tells me we should not be hearing about pineda at all. nothing kills a young pitcher more than the yankees being really interested in him. it’s like the kiss of death. once a pitcher gets the full spotlight of expectation and hope from yankee management, they are in crosshairs. hughes, joba, kennedy, wang, etc

    pineda crumbled under the pressure last year to develop a change so bad it’s not really even a change up, and oh by the way add 5mph to a fastball in his last few starts or else. yeah, that’s a good way to work a young kid into the system.

    yes, and this year, let’s hear as much as we can about him. expose him to as many reporters as possible, let him know how much the yankees need him and how cashman and everyone is watching him and hoping.

    yup, that’s gonna bring the best out of him and make sure there is no rushing the process of healing an injury that few recover from.

    me? i’d send him somewhere else to heal up in peace and without reporters spotlight pushing him to do things e shouldn’t be doing.

  33. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Trisha -

    No one here knows more about Mountains and Rattlesnakes than me.

    ;)

  34. Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    who give a damn about how youkilis feels about having been a red sock?

    this is such b.s.

    and one of the things i hate about Some yankees fans.

    they boo a player because he was issued a # that someone else they liked wore.

    they question a professional ballplayers allegience.

    does anybody think andy pettitte threw out all his yankee memorabilia when he went to houston?

    did johnny damon throw his red socks AND yankees WS rings in a box in the garage when repainting his trophy room tiger’s blue and orange?

    its so stupid.

  35. Wave Your Hat February 15th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Don’t worry, yesterday will be the last time the focus is on Pineda for quite a while.

  36. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    IMO 99% of players go where the money is.

    They generally seek the green with few exceptions.

    Why not ?

    A sports career can end in a heartbeat.

  37. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    they boo a player because he was issued a # that someone else they liked wore.
    ——————-

    Why does everyone forget how badly LaTroy Hawkins sucked…

  38. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    nothing kills a young pitcher more than the yankees being really interested in him.

    ——————-

    :lol:

  39. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    “I’m sure this has been hashed out here but if Phil pitches well this year he will be too expensive for the belt-tightened 2014 Yankees.”

    I agree unless they decide to let Cano go…..but it just sucks

  40. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Chad getting love from his boys:

    ?@YankeesWFAN

    ICYMI: Great story by @LoHudYankees on former top prospect Eric Duncan. Sometimes–most times–prospects fail http://www.lohud.com/article/2.....ck_check=1

  41. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    If I’m Phil then pitching in Dodger stadium and the rest of those huge parks in the NL west sounds pretty good to me…..especially since he’s from SoCal……

  42. Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    the reporters talk to whomever they want to talk to.

    do you want the yankees to make pineda work out ‘in secret’ with arod?

    if the kid can’t handle playing in NY (and some can’t) hiding him isnt going to help in the long run.

    the spotlight was and is on him since he was aquired for a sure-fire hall of famer to be.

    was that the team shining the spotlight on him or some fans?

    either way, theres no way to pull the plug on the spotlight now.

  43. Benny Blanco February 15th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Come on Randy,

    We know how much you adore Pineda. :)

  44. blake February 15th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    If Hughes pitched most of his games in NL west parks his biggest wart (homer rate) gets minimized and suddenly he probably pitches more like a 2 than a 3 or 4.

  45. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    And as to Hal’s seriousness about 189 ?

    Time will tell.

    Personally, unless the Team absolutely tanks, I don’t see him backing off.

    I do not care what he said. I’m still skeptical. Don’t think they’ve come this far to turn back now.

    There is a significant amount of money involved going forward.

    Prove me a liar Hal. Go right ahead. I’ll be glad to apologize if I’m wrong about you.

    ;)

  46. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Benny-

    Randy adores Pineda Coladas. The ones with the little umbrellas in ‘em.

    :)

  47. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    “do you want the yankees to make pineda work out ‘in secret’ with arod?”

    excellent idea. now we’re talking.

    how’d that spotlight work out last year for you with pineda?

  48. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    It’s kind of the height of stupid IMO for the Yankees to just lose Phil to FA when they put up with all the development costs, time and effort, and growing pains.

    But hey, that’s just me.

    I hope they at least make him a seriously competitive offer.

    ;)

  49. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    If you like Pineda colada’s, and long walks in the rain…

  50. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m with you Randy.

    The less attention Pineda gets right now the better.

    Turn him into a Chamelion so he can diasappear for a while.

    Borrow a “ghillie suit” from the Military.

    Whatever.

    :)

  51. Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Actually, I am encouraged by Pineda.

    Whatever ends up happening, happens, but it would appear anyway that he got a wake up call and didn’t sleep through it.

    Coming to camp in shape seems like such a basic thing, and yet, last year he did not do this. From all reports, this year is a stark contrast, and he is working hard and seems focused.

    Because of that, I’m optimistic that the added attention won’t be a negative.

    Unlike last year, when he was unprepared in sooooo many ways for so many things.

  52. Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    You can’t make Pineda disappear. That would create more questions and make it look like there was something to hide.

  53. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Doreen,
    It is hard, in any case, to make a 6’8″, 260 lb (we’re told) man disappear.

  54. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    doreen-

    pineda is recovering from a shoulder injury that most pitchers don’t recover from. pineda doesn’t have to be in major league camp recovering from this kind of injury.

    spring training is so boring at times reporters are digging under rocks looking for stories. how does it help pineda who is kind of a naive kid who did not grow up under a yankee spotlight to be exposed to these questions everyday how he’s doing?

    what if he feels a little sore one day? does he tell that to chad or some other reporter or keep it to imself and lie to a reporter. i just don’t see how it helps him one bit to be the topic of news articles in the new york post while he’s in recovery mode.

    look at youkillis . someone as savvy as he is from all the years in boston was caught in the new york media spotlight.

  55. ac1 February 15th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    This trade is not going to kill the organization obviously but it is in my mind a “bad” trade because it makes no real sense to me when looking at the organizations assets and the “immediate 1-3? year needs of the team.
    ___

    We have a ton of OF prospects.
    The pen next year will lose Rivera, Joba, Aardsma, Logan (maybe). Essentially its Robertson and hopefully Montgomery. So yes the pen is something Cashman has to look at long term.

    Lets be real. Abe Almonte was never going to play in the yankee OF ahead of Heathcott/Williams/Austin and then Ichiro, Gardner, Mesa, and other lower OF prospects.

    Perhaps for once, cashman finds a way to bring in a good 3b, ss or 2b prospect since it is clear Nunez will never get the chance to be the man and Adams is always hurt.

  56. blake February 15th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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  57. Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    randy l -

    My opinion is that Pineda did learn something from his last year, and maybe can handle things a bit better this year. (As far as exposure goes, that is. At least it’s not the shock it was last year; he is better prepared.)

    As for working out in ST, isn’t it easier for the organization to assess his progress in a setting where everyone is present? It may not be optimal, but I think it is what it is. This is really the first time Pineda has surfaced since the surgery. In fact, we had almost zero news about him for all of last season and most of the off-season. When games being, I’m sure there won’t be as much focus on him, because he’s not going to be pitching in games; he is going to be over in Field Z rehabbing as far away from where most of the media is anyway.

    I think the Yankees do want it known that there has been progress, but they have been candid in saying they’re not out of the woods by far yet.

    The media is looking for stories anyway. If he’s not there, if he is there. The Yankees have made no secret that they would like this kid to be a productive part of their future, but I think they have made sure, in interviews, to temper their expectations, and put a whole lot of “ifs” and qualifiers into their statements about Pineda.

    There are very few players that, when they are interviewed (especially young inexperienced guys), I don’t cringe when I hear the Q&A. Whether they were always a part of the Yankee organization or not.

  58. blake February 15th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    @nickcafardo: TAmpa bay rays manager joe Maddon said new rays ss Yunel Escobar “could be the lynchpin to our success.”

    That’s kinda scary

  59. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    “pineda crumbled under the pressure last year to develop a change so bad it’s not really even a change up, and oh by the way add 5mph to a fastball in his last few starts or else. yeah, that’s a good way to work a young kid into the system.”
    =============

    What is the evidence that Pineda crumbled under pressure? That he had a bad year? That he got hurt? Please.

  60. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    ac1 February 15th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    =============

    I can’t believe that people are still talking about Abe Almonte…

  61. MTU February 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    You all have good day.

    I’ll try to catch you later.

    :)

  62. FiretheUMPIRE February 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “Actually, I am encouraged by Pineda.

    Whatever ends up happening, happens, but it would appear anyway that he got a wake up call and didn’t sleep through it.

    Coming to camp in shape seems like such a basic thing, and yet, last year he did not do this. From all reports, this year is a stark contrast, and he is working hard and seems focused.

    Because of that, I’m optimistic that the added attention won’t be a negative.

    Unlike last year, when he was unprepared in sooooo many ways for so many things.”

    Finally, an appropriate reaction to reports of Pineda’s hard work and returning health. My fingers are crossed for no setbacks and I too feel good about Pineda in camp. He’s a reminder that we did in fact get something for our .685 OPS DH

  63. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    FiretheUMPIRE February 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “Actually, I am encouraged by Pineda.

    Whatever ends up happening, happens, but it would appear anyway that he got a wake up call and didn’t sleep through it.

    Coming to camp in shape seems like such a basic thing, and yet, last year he did not do this. From all reports, this year is a stark contrast, and he is working hard and seems focused.

    Because of that, I’m optimistic that the added attention won’t be a negative.

    Unlike last year, when he was unprepared in sooooo many ways for so many things.”

    Finally, an appropriate reaction to reports of Pineda’s hard work and returning health. My fingers are crossed for no setbacks and I too feel good about Pineda in camp. He’s a reminder that we did in fact get something for our .685 OPS DH
    =========

    Ditto. I also find the latest reports on Pineda quite encouraging. I’m also pleased to hear that Rothschild seems thoroughly engaged in monitoring Pineda’s rehab. Everything seems to be going as well as can be expected at this point.

  64. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    doreen-

    as someone who has worked with pitchers rehabbing i know how agonizingly slow it is and how that bad days happen way more than you’d like. i have seen nothing from pineda that tells me he can handle the scrutiny of the new york media during this process .

    pineda pitched last year when he shouldn’t have been pitching. the injury he now has was not helped by the pressure put on him last year by the yankees and the media. how can anyone in their right mind say that pineda was handled correctly when he was 5mph off most of the spring.

    he came in fat and out of shape and never really caught up. but cashman and girardi pushed saying he said he felt no pain. what is he going to say? the yankees were counting on him. if he started at triple a cashman would have had egg on his face. the kid was between a rock and a hard place.

    i don’t dislike pineda. i dislike the trade and i dislike how they’ve used him. i don’t like them rehabbing him under a big media spotlight. i think its dumb. i do not think he’ll be given room to have bad days and bad days are inevitable.

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