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Good stuff from Pete Caldera today in the Bergen Record, who caught up with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long via telephone:
Some additional notes from today’s event in Washington Heights, where the Yankees moved 19-year-old right-hander Leonel Vinas from “Hank’s Yanks” to the Gulf Coast League Yanks, and Brian Cashman said once again that they’re preparing for ’11 without Andy Pettitte:
- A.J. Burnett knows his rebound is important. He’s remodeled a barn at his Maryland home into an indoor pitching facility and is expecting new pitching coach Larry Rothschild to drop by for about a week next month. Cashman said:
“We need A.J. to come back to his previous form, there’s no doubt about it. I believe he will, but we need that to happen, too. We signed A.J. not to pitch toward the back of the rotation, to be a front of the rotation starter. That’s what his abilities are, that’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s what we expect. I believe you’ll see that again, but that means a lot of hard work. I know he’s up for it. I’ve talked to A.J. several times now and met with him in person in Maryland. He knows the responsibility he has to us and this fan base. He’s committed.”
- Joba Chamberlain will be in the bullpen for 2011 and the future. Cashman told a reporter to “bite your tongue” when it was suggested that Chamberlain might be called in to fix the rotation problems, and later explained:
“His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the ‘pen. We’ve given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation, and the velocity dropped. It’s just not the same stuff.”
- Food for thought: Even if Pettitte says he’s done pitching before the Yankees get to Spring Training, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that he could “unretire” – hey, Roger Clemens did it – if the Yankees rotation cries out for him. The GM wouldn’t shoot down the suggestion outright, saying, “I don’t want to speculate on stuff like that. I guess we’ll see where we’re sitting in May.”
- The Yankees were never close on a deal with Kerry Wood, who wound up taking much less than everyone expected to go back to the Chicago Cubs. Here’s Cashman one more time:
“We never got close because, in talking to his agents, it was going to cost $5.5 million a year or more on a multi-year basis. We weren’t interested in that level. But they said that it was what it was going to take. When we saw he signed with the Cubs at $1.5 million, I called right away and said, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’ They said the Yankee price was the Yankee price; no different than the Red Sox price or the White Sox price. The bottom line is, he moved his family from Phoenix to Chicago and he’s going to be a Cub for life now. This had a lot to do with non-baseball related stuff, too. I can understand that.”
- Alex Rodriguez saw Dr. Marc Philippon after the season and was given a clean bill of health on his right hip. The Yankees expect no problems with him being ready for the spring.
Alex Rodriguez isn’t in the Yankees lineup tonight, having played two games since coming back from the disabled list. Joe Girardi said it is just a day off to rest him and Rodriguez should be available to play Wednesday vs. Baltimore.
“If he had only taken five or six days off, he would have been in there today,” Girardi said. “Having three weeks off and then playing two days without doing a rehab, I just felt like the one thing I don’t want is him to be a little fatigued at this point in time and injure something.”
A-Rod said that if he’d had his choice, No. 13 would have been at third base tonight:
“I wish I could play. I pleaded my case long and hard last night, again this morning, again this afternoon. I went 0-for-3,” Rodriguez said. “I always want to play. [Girardi is] in control.”
Alex Rodriguez’s return to the Yankees lineup didn’t last long. A-Rod jogged on a second-inning groundout to third base against the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez and was pinch-hit for when the DH spot came back up in the fourth inning, as the Yankees sent Austin Kearns to the plate instead.
Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees’ lineup Sunday as the chase for homer No. 600 has stalled out, now at 37 at-bats and 42 plate appearances.
“When you do things like he did tonight, that’s certainly the look and the taste and the feel of an MVP. That was a huge, huge hit against their closer, on the road, trying to protect first place. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.”
Could be. One thing’s for sure — if Alex Rodriguez wants to hit No. 600 at Progressive Field, he’ll have to do it tonight. Otherwise, the catwalks of Tropicana Field could bear witness.
Alex Rodriguez did a nice job on the homestand of not allowing the expecting eyes looking for 600 to take him out of his usual mode, save for the one swing where he tried to emulate Reggie Jackson and reward the fans for sitting through a two-hour plus rain delay.