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Pregame notes: Sabathia happy with first sim game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 05, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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CC Sabathia threw a two-inning simulated game this afternoon. He threw one 15-pitch inning and one 18-pitch inning, and he added a few extra hitters at the end just to get his pitch count up. It was technically his first sim game of the spring, but it was really no different than the last time he threw batting practice.

“Just making sure of fastball location,” Sabathia said. “I felt like it was pretty good today. I cut a couple, but I still feel like I’m pretty good on schedule to be ready to start the season.”

Sabathia will pitch another simulated game on Sunday. He could pitch in a regular game that day, but the Yankees want to avoid having him face the Blue Jays. Sabathia said he agrees. He’d rather pitch simulated games at the Yankees complex than give a division rival another chance to see him in person.

It’s all about getting ready for the season, and Sabahtia can get his work in without pitching in an actual game.

“Now it’s just worrying about pitches and making sure the actions are right and velocity’s getting there,” Sabathia said. “I worry about normal pitching stuff now. It feels good.”

The video above is Sabathia talking immediately after today’s sim game. Sorry about the wind.

• The Yankees next round of cuts includes two of the top prospects in the system. RF Tyler Austin and C Gary Sanchez have each been re-assigned to the minor league complex. So have SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, C Francisco Arcia and C Kyle Higashioka. We learned Sunday that 1B Greg Bird has also been sent down. That leaves 74 players still in big league camp.

• Anthony McCarron reports that Mark Teixeira was scratched from today’s Team USA game because of a sore forearm. That’s as much information as we have at this point.

• Phil Hughes will move back to 90 feet when he plays catch tomorrow. That’s kind of a light version of long toss (Hughes said the longest he normally goes is about 120-140 feet). Hughes said he still feels good, and he still thinks he has time to break camp with the team. “Physically, I could get on a mound today and get through it,” he said.

• Brian Cashman has apparently been released from the hospital. Players in camp are well aware of the injury and the way it happened. “My wife told me,” Sabathia said. “Honestly, when she first told me, it wasn’t surprising because you see him doing stuff like that all the time. It wasn’t a shock at all, honestly.”

• Dellin Betances also threw a two-inning simulated game today. Seemed to be legitimately pounding the zone. No radar gun on him or anything, but I thought he looked good.

• The Yankees play in Jupiter — about three and a half hours away — on Thursday and Friday. A large group of players will stay with the team overnight and be available for both games (predictably, Brett Gardner is the biggest name in that group). Six players will travel for the Thursday game, then come back to Tampa (Nova, Robertson, Marshall, Tracy, Suzuki and Stewart). Eight more will stay in Tampa for a workout on Thursday morning, then join the team in time for the Friday game (Warren, Kelley, Rapada, Whitley, Wilson, Nunez, Youkilis and Nix).

Today’s sim game hitters: Thomas Neal, Corban Joseph, Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz.

Today’s sides: Jose Ramirez, Matt Tracy, Adam Warren, Andy Pettitte and Ivan Nova.

Today’s second string: C J.R. Murphy, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B none, LF Ramon Flores, CF Melky Mesa, RF Thomas Neal, DH none

Today’s scheduled relievers: Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Branden Pinder, Francisco Rondon, Mark Montgomery and Shawn Kelley

BRAVES
Jordan Schafer CF
Jason Heyward RF
Justin Upton LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
B.J. Upton DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Chris Johnson 3B
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Matt Pagnozzi C

LHP Paul Maholm

Associated Press photo of Segedin

 
 

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28 Responses to “Pregame notes: Sabathia happy with first sim game”

  1. kd March 5th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    jose ramirex in aaa by the end of the year? or a full year in aa?

  2. RadioKev March 5th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Let’s hope Tex is OK. Him getting injured is the last thing we need.

  3. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    blake March 5th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    “Blake -

    Why sign Andrus – we have EDUARDO NUNEZ”

    Somebody literally argued with me on here for like an hour that Nunez was basically just as good as Andrus
    —————

    lol I promise that wasn’t me

  4. jacksquat March 5th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Chip March 5th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    I think in the next few games he’s going to look at all the configurations to decide which trio he likes best:

    Ichiro – Gardner – Almonte
    Rivera – Gardner – Ichiro
    Gardner – Mesa – Ichiro

    My guess is that he settles on the third one with Mesa because of the fact that Almonte hasn’t played above AA yet. Whereas Melky’s arbitration clock is already started anyway.

    This is all assuming they will only go with a full time replacement for Granderson.

    They are going to carry a righthanded 4th OF as originally planned.

    They are also going to have a temporary replacement for Granderson, and that could be Almonte who platoons with the rh 4th of.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock March 5th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Crap, had wanted to see Dellin tonight. Glad he threw well though.

    How many pitches did he throw, Chad? Any idea? Thanks.
    ///

    C!

  6. ac1 March 5th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    And down goes Teixiera…

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock March 5th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    kd,

    Let us have him down here for a little while, will ya? ;)

    I guess it’ll depend on the slider.

  8. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Jack-

    My guess is that the 4th OF to open the season is Rivera. When Granderson comes back, Mesa will go to AAA. They aren’t going to want Mesa or Almonte in part time roles. They would rather have them playing every day and continuing to develop.

  9. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    We all know a relief pitcher is being moved before this spring is over right? It would shock me but not disappoint me if that was Joba. Consider he probably brings back a higher bounty than Eppley because of his upside; a team trading for him might even use the year to see what he has as a starter; and he’s a FA at the end of the year.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock March 5th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    ac1, what happened? Down as in down swinging? Down as in he got hurt? Thanks.

    Good stuff, Chad.

    Check in later.

  11. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Andrew “The Sky is Falling” Marchand says that Tex is likely to leave the WBC entirely due to the injury.

  12. Jerkface March 5th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    They cannot lose Granderson AND Tex. That would stink. Hope the arm thing is nothing.

  13. ac1 March 5th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    ac1, what happened? Down as in down swinging? Down as in he got hurt? Thanks.
    ___

    Something with his forearm from swinging?

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock March 5th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    JF,

    How’d hurt his arm?

  15. ac1 March 5th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    whether it is serious or not, this is time he missing getting his swing down, so we can expect the same april/may tex we have come to know and love.

  16. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Let’s assume for a minute that the Tex injury is serious enough to keep him out to open the season.

    Do you:

    A) Play Dan Johnson at 1b
    B) Play Juan Rivera at 1b
    C) Play Kevin Youkilis at 1b with Corban Joseph at 3b
    D) Play Kevin Youkilis at 1b with Jayson Nix at 3b

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock March 5th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Something with his forearm from swinging?
    ///

    Crap. Thanks, gotta run.

  18. blake March 5th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    ok this isn’t funny anymore….somebody has a voodoo doll in pinstripes out there.

    They can’t lose anybody else….

  19. ac1 March 5th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Let’s assume for a minute that the Tex injury is serious enough to keep him out to open the season.

    Do you:

    A) Play Dan Johnson at 1b
    B) Play Juan Rivera at 1b
    C) Play Kevin Youkilis at 1b with Corban Joseph at 3b
    D) Play Kevin Youkilis at 1b with Jayson Nix at 3b
    ____

    I probably move Youkilis to 1B.
    This is the situation where David Adams has once been hurt by his own body. He was training at 3rd last year, but he is way behind this spring.

    Doesnt seem like Tex will miss time, just the WBC.

  20. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Jerkface March 5th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    They cannot lose Granderson AND Tex. That would stink. Hope the arm thing is nothing.
    —————–

    If it’s a long term injury then they need to make a deal because short of Corban Joseph or David Adams (if he ever gets healthy) being very good at 3b the Yankees don’t have depth at the infield corners at all. Dan Johnson hasn’t hit at all this spring and has been bad defensively, Juan Rivera’s not the answer, Jayson Nix can’t play every day.

  21. Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    AC

    This is why David Adams is a 26 year old AA player. He has all the skills in the world but can’t stay on the field.

  22. Jerkface March 5th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hurting arm on a swing is never good, generally a wrist problem…

  23. Jerkface March 5th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    AC,

    the injury takes Tex out of the WBC for sure, but until the Yankees look at him his status for the Yankees is unknown. Swinging injuries are usually not good.

  24. Doreen March 5th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Guess Tex will have to have an MRI, no?

  25. Shame Spencer March 5th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    D) Play Kevin Youkilis at 1b with Jayson Nix at 3b

    For me anyway, this is the route I’d go.

  26. Rich in NJ March 5th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I hope Tex isn’t seriously hurt.

    luis

    If you read this. My best to you.

  27. Against All Odds March 5th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Chip March 5th, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    We all know a relief pitcher is being moved before this spring is over right? It would shock me but not disappoint me if that was Joba.

    ———————–

    Well FWIW a poster on another board with a reliable source stated the Tigers are interested in Joba. This guy has been right in the past with news. CJ and Albert going to the Angels

  28. randy l. March 5th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    “ok this isn’t funny anymore….somebody has a voodoo doll in pinstripes out there.”

    with hal and cashman’s austerity plan ,voodoo dolls would be redundant.

    but seriously, if injuries are above normal, this yankee team would be in danger of implosion.


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