I left Steinbrenner Field fairly early so that I could get to Port Charlotte for this afternoon’s game. That means I didn’t see what must have been a very brief live batting practice session for Mark Teixeira.
With David Herndon being the only Yankees pitcher scheduled to face hitters today, Teixeira and Scott Sizemore only had so many pitches to work with, and it seems Teixeira expressed some frustration when the session ended. According to George King, Herndon threw a total of just 21 pitches (more or less what you’d expect from a one-inning reliever), but that didn’t give Teixeira many swings.
“I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days, but I do what I am told and go out there (for Thursday’s game),’’ Teixeira told the New York Post and others. “You guys can ask them. I show up at 9:30 when I am supposed to show up, and when they tell me it’s done, it’s done.’’
With most pitchers getting into games at this point, there just aren’t many pitchers throwing live batting practice these days. Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos provided a perfect right-left combination for Teixeira on Monday, but there was no one scheduled on Tuesday and only Herndon was scheduled today. Joe Girardi, who’s watched a ton of live BP sessions so far this spring, was overwhelmingly sarcastic on Tuesday when explained that the Yankees didn’t have anyone to pitch to Teixeira.
“Believe it or not, we don’t have somebody,” Girardi said. “Extremely disappointed today that we don’t have somebody. I told Larry that I didn’t know if I could go on with my day. I was confused.”
Girardi was clearly kidding when he said it. Told of Teixeira’s frustration after today’s game, Girardi said he still expects Teixeira to play in tomorrow’s game, but if Teixeira wants to wait longer, he’ll wait longer. Earlier this morning, Teixeira said he has plenty of time to get ready for the season.
“It’s March 5,” he said. “If you don’t have enough time in spring training to get ready from March 5 on, then you’re never going to get ready. There’s plenty of time. … I’ve always been a guy that, I don’t get into the swing of the season until the season. We’re here for six straight weeks; that’s not what we do during the season. We have 6:30 wakeup calls; that’s not what we do during the season. There’s almost nothing similar when it comes to your body. We’re doing a lot of extra work here. Spring training could be two weeks or two months, I don’t think it would make a difference.”
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