This update is brought to you by Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards:
- Jorge, (re)meet Javier … Javier, (re)meet Jorge:
Posada caught Vazquez for the first time in more than five years during a bullpen session Sunday.
“I asked him if he remembered the way I pitched,” Vazquez said.
Vazquez, originally scheduled to throw Wednesday, wanted to get in a 30-pitch session because it had been too long (about 10 days) since he last threw, in Puerto Rico.
Like other starters pitching their first session, Vazquez threw only fastballs and changeups. Soon, he will add in a slider that he did not throw during his first tour with the Yankees. Posada said what impressed him most is how Vazquez has adjusted over the years. He specifically mentioned his two best off-speed pitches, his changeup and curve, and how he has a much better feel for increasing and decreasing the velocity of those pitches.
- Jeter (re)worked his body over the past two years.
- Joba Chamberlain Q&A, including this bit:
What’s it like not dealing with the Joba Rules anymore?
It’s awesome, first of all. But I also look at it, being that this is my fourth year, understanding that they did it for a reason. And I’m truly humbled and grateful for that experience. But I’m also ready to undo the training wheels and get going.
Do you ever feel like, with the Rules, there was a perception that they were taking it too easy on you?
Not necessarily. History repeats itself. There have been guys who have been in the situation where they went from not a lot of innings to a lot of innings. And things have broke down. Like I said, I truly am humbled by the fact that they did that to me. As a competitor, sometimes it gets frustrating. But I also understand the long run.
- Phil Hughes receives an American flag, but why?
- The Yanks have signed Chan Ho-Park to a one-year deal.
- Joe Lefebvre (part-time OF on ’80 squad) turns 54 today.
- Happy 81st birthday to Ryne Duren!
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