Daily Archives: March 5, 2012
The New York Yankees (2-1) were unable to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) in a three game set, but the main story wasn’t about the score; it was about Michael Pineda.
Coming into the game, the Yankees knew that Pineda had been working on his change-up since he plans on being a viable part of the Yankees rotation but Pineda didn’t need the change-up to get hitters out. Pineda had 2 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball and striking out two batters.
When asked if Pineda was nervous, he responded with, “Hell no.” Love the enthusiasm Michael.
The only for sure Yankees major leaguer Brett Gardner was the key offense at the time; scoring on a triple & an error in the top of the 6th inning. Afterwards, the Phillies offense piled up on HR’s and the rest was history.
Eduardo Nunez suffered a hit by pitch during the 5th inning and was immediately taken out by Joe Girardi. Nunez traveled back to Tampa to get X-Rays on his wrist to make sure that his wrist wasn’t broken. Nunez was diagnosed with a wrist contusion (bruise) shortly after leaving the game. There will be more news on Eduardo Nunez’s injury in tonight’s Spring Training report.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are set to take on the Pirates tomorrow. Unfortunately the game is not televised BUT if you have an MLB.TV subscription then you can listen to the game on Pirates radio! The Yankees will be back on television on Wednesday.
Fishjam and I had the privilege of interviewing newly acquired Yankee David Aardsma. Aardsma went to Rice University where he set the school record in single-season and career saves in 2002-2003. He was also on the team that won the College World Series in 2003 where he notched two wins and a save.
Aardsma was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (22nd overall) in 2003. He made the team with them in 2004 skipping Double-A and Triple-A. He then bounced from several teams in trades landing with the Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox and then finally the Mariners. In 2009, he earned the closer role and had 2 great seasons with Seattle. He saved 69 games with a 2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.6 k/9 rate over the 2009 and 2010 seasons before suffering an injury that led to Tommy John surgery. Aardsma was not offered arbitration by the Mariners and became a free agent. On February 22nd he singed a one year deal with the Yankees with a club option for 2013. Below is our interview with him. Our questions are in BLUE. Enjoy.
You struggled a bit in your early career, playing with 4 different teams from 2004-08. What finally clicked that led to your 2 great seasons in Seattle?
Things started clicking with the red sox in 08. I started to throw more strikes and attack hitters better, but with a mid-season groin pull it killed my second half attempting to pitch through it. In 09 I really worked with John Wettland and slowed myself down and focused on what I wanted to accomplish with every pitch. Learning how to slow myself down turned into much greater control of my self.
All Yankee fans know you are coming back from Tommy John Surgery, but you also had labral surgery on your hip last January – how is your hip now?
Hip has been good, really did a great job of strengthening it and since it hasn’t been an issue.
You had Tommy John surgery in July 2011 – where are you in your rehab? Have you begun throwing?
I’m throwing at 90 ft right now for about 5 min. I’ll increase length/duration every week or so.
Were you disappointed that Seattle didn’t offer a Major league contract after saving 69 games in 2009 & 2010?
I expected to get released (too much money if I had arbitration). I mean, in the back of my mind I would have liked them to be a little more aggressive with wanting me back but believe me, I’m excited and happy about being a Yankee. This is a special place to be.
You’ve always been a hard thrower in the 93-96 range. Explain what type of pitcher you are and what other pitches you throw.
I come right after you, make you hit the ball. I have had my fair share of walks but I don’t give them up easy. I also throw a split and slider.
You’ve enjoyed success vs. Left handed Hitters & Right Handers. Is your split-finger the pitch most effective vs. LH hitters?
I use it mainly as a strike out pitch or when I know they are sitting fastball.
When you injured your elbow, was it a gradual break-down or was there one specific pitch you threw where you just felt it pop?
After a game it was tight then got worst every game. It wasn’t one pitch like most guys.
Do you have any reservations or concerns with pitching in NY?
Not really. I’m more focused on getting healthy than anything after that. I also look forward to new challenges.
Do you expect to pitch in the Majors this year or are you realistically just trying to get yourself in 100% condition for 2013?
I’m focused on mid July as a return date. Every doc and trainer has told me plan on 12 months. I’m planning on being ready in July.
Lineup vs. Phillies:
Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Swisher, RF
Raul Ibanez, DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Bill Hall, 3B
Jayson Nix, 2B
Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
— This was in Yesterday’s Spring Training lineup but just to repeat, here are the hitters and pitchers that will make the trip to Clearwater today:
Pitchers: Pineda, Robertson, Burawa, Cabral, Cedeno, Marshall, Miller, O’Connor, Pope, Stoneburner
Hitters: Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Ibanez, Martin, Chavez, Nunez, Pena, Gil, Molina, Murphy, Sanchez, Adams, Berneir, Hall, Joseph, Laird, Nix, Vasquez, Almonte, Curtis, Maxwell, Mesa
— Mariano Rivera & Rafael Soriano threw live batting practice today to Francisco Cervelli & Chris Dickerson. Mariano Rivera threw 28 pitches & Cervelli doubled twice while Rafael Soriano threw 26 pitches.
— Here is the 2012 Spring Training schedule that includes which channel each game will be on. If it’s blank then it is not a televised game.
— Today’s game is on MLB Network & MLB.TV.
Enjoy the game everyone!