Girardi: Hands on pitchers, hands off rays
Joe Girardi has been a busy guy during the first couple of days here. As I write this, he’s squatting out in the bullpen catching Andrew Brackman, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery and — from what I can see — has a ways to go. Humberto Sanchez is next, limbering up near the left field foul line. Girardi still has some of the moves back there, even if the reflexes might not be trigger sharp.
Yesterday afternoon, Girardi wandered out to the Ray tank they keep out in right-center field. There’s an assortment of real live creatures out there, and the fans can feed them. You can even stick your hand in the tank, I suppose, but Girardi didn’t need that to make the experience any more enjoyable.
“I didn’t see too many rays growing up in Peoria,” he said.
Alex Rodriguez worked out again today over at the Himes Ave. complex. He’s targeting next Tuesday vs. Baltimore for his return. … Johan Santana vs. the Yankees, eh? I smell Hank Steinbrenner commentary. … Heard about Dan McCutchen yet? If not, the Newark Star-Ledger will help you brush up. …