Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yankees Spring Training Notes 2/13

Phil Hughes threw a bullpen today of 40 pitches and told reporters that he had thrown six bullpens already before today. That seems to be quite unusual for a pitcher but in his contract year I guess he is trying to go out and make a big impression in 2012. Clay Rapada also seems to be ahead of schedule as his bullpen consisted of 35 pitches. Clay joked with reporters that he was going to be the Yankees long man reliever this season. David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Chase Whitley have all already faced live batting competition down at the Yankees minor league complex. David and Adam both have legitimate shots at making the big league club so it is a good sign to see them both ahead of schedule.

Andy Pettitte wanted to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic but the Yankees talked him out of it. As much as I would have liked to see Andy pitch for Team USA I can understand keeping a 40 year old key member of the rotation out of a game that doesn't mean anything, especially after his injury riddled season in 2012. Andy told reporters that he knows he will be limited this season by manager Joe Girardi but wants to and expects to make 30 starts, pitch 200 IP, and win 20 games. I could handle a farewell tour for Andy that involved him winning 20+ games and a World Series ring.

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