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NEW YORK (WFAN) – It’s that time again — Mike Francesa live from Yankees camp in Tampa!
Day 2 kicked off with none other than the captain, Derek Jeter. Starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte followed.
Jeter discussed how he’s feeling coming off surgery, CC talked about how he’s preparing for Opening Day and Pettitte compared his ability as a pitcher now to when he was younger. Mark Teixeira and Brian Cashman also stopped by to chat.
Check out all the audio below.
Francesa will be at Port St. Lucie for Friday’s show from Mets camp.
On how he’s feeling coming off surgery: “I feel good, I feel good. It’s been a long process but I’m feeling pretty good right now. I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve only had one serious injury, when I dislocated my shoulder, but this one was a little bit different because I couldn’t move around for quite some times. It’s taken awhile to get back to where I am now, but I’m pretty close to being out there playing.”
On what he needs to do to make sure he’s ready for Opening Day: “Just make sure that I’m commanding my fastball. That’s the biggest thing for me, is getting the command of my fastball, because everything that I throw comes off that. My changeup, my cutter, my curveball — everything comes off of my fastball. I don’t care about innings, I just want to be locked in with the command going into the first game.”
On the kind of pitcher he is now as compared to when he was younger: “It’s crazy. I feel like my command is just a lot better. I feel like the change of my speeds and the idea of what I want to do out there is just so much clearer. I feel like it’s a little bit easier for me now. I’m completely a better pitcher now. I know I’m older, but I feel like I’m a better pitcher … I feel like I can just get the ball right where I want to a lot more than I used to.”
On the pressure to hit home runs with so much power gone from last season: “We know we’re not going to be able to make up every home run, and if (Robinson Cano) and I try we’re going to fail. So what we want to do is stay within ourselves and drive in runs. I’d love to go out there and stay healthy for the entire year. Last year was very disappointing health-wise. I think if we stay healthy, we have as good a chance of anybody.”
On the catching competition between Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli: The two guys who are out of options are winning the battle. I don’t know if there’s a pecking order or not. They’re very close. They’re both defensive-oriented catchers that can run a game and run a pitching staff. I think Cervelli’s got some more upside ceiling-wise. He has a chance to become an everyday regular if the bat comes around.”
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