Aside from a brilliant half-season during an 18-8 2010, Hughes has been a huge disappointment. Now, nearing 27, with the sheen of youth scrubbed off and the “upside” banner quite tattered, it’s time for Hughes to pitch up to snuff.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
The Rangers are “(s)ensing the Yankees might have bullpen depth” to draw from in a potential trade, according to the New York Post.
Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-3 to lead the Yankees. He legged out an infield single, stole second and scored on Mark Teixeira’s double in the first inning off Kyle Kendrick.
“This is probably going to spark a bunch of stuff, and (Yankees PR director Jason) Zillo is going to be mad at me, but it’s one of those things where it’s like, do you think you have the capability to start? Yes,” Chamberlain said.
The 43-year-old Rivera threw 25 pitches Friday and said he was happy with the results. He expects to be ready when the Yankees open the regular season on April 1 against Boston.
Youk agrees with Joba Chamberlain: Any tension between the new teammates is in the past. But there might be some fences to mend with Yankees fans.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain said he’s received a text message from new teammate Kevin Youkilis and hopes whatever tension existed between the two is past.
The Yankees are good, not great. And that’s probably not good enough, especially when you gauge how they gouge you at the turnstiles. $5 waters and $10 beers don’t taste too hot when the team gets cold and old.
So Joba Chamberlain is still waiting for a return call from new teammate Kevin Youkilis. Lingering tension, perhaps? Not according to Youkilis’ agent.
“I can’t control what Kevin Youkilis does, I can only control what I do and, you know what, we’ll go on from there,” Joba said at the annual BAT fundraising dinner.
2013 brings major issues and tons of uncertainty for the aging, payroll-trimming New York Yankees.
Can he come back to be the Great Mariano after such a severe injury? There is room for doubt, so the Yankees must fortify the rest of their setup corps as well. Does that include Rafael Soriano?
To the delight of Yankees fans, Mariano Rivera informed Brian Cashman he will return for the 2013 season.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t know until Friday whether his bullpen will include Chamberlain, who has had enough mound misfortunes to fill a horror film.