The Yankees are considering whether to give rotation pitchers an extra day between starts occasionally by using a sixth starter, an idea Tanaka thinks is good.
Masahiro Tanaka probably will throw his first bullpen session of the year on Thursday at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex.
“So far he’s felt good,” Rothschild said Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “He’s had a good winter.”
The Yankees are still waiting to see if they made the right decision on a trade they pulled off back in 2011. Needless to say, it’s been that long of a road back from injury for Michael Pineda.
“It’s the same deal,” Robertson said Tuesday after a pre-spring training workout at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “Throwing the eighth or ninth inning, you’ve still got to get three outs.”
While the team may look a whole lot different in 2014, the New York Yankees coaching staff will remain the same.
Though the Yankees fell well short of expectations this past season, the blame shouldn’t fall at Larry Rothschild’s feet. The Bombers appear to agree and are trying to bring him back.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was struck in the back by a comebacker, but appears uninjured.
Ivan Nova feels he’s ready for the Yankees rotation after earning a victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
Ivan Nova snapped a five game winless streak as the Yankees took their winning streak to 4 games by defeated the Blue Jays, 5-2 on Saturday.
Joba Chamberlain could soon pitch in a minor league game for the first time since injuring an during spring training.
Pettitte is all set — to spend time with the Yankees in the clubhouse, to sit on the bench with his teammates, to warm up in the bullpen.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks the 39-year-old could pitch in a spring training contest next week.
Of course, the competition will continue this April as Andy Pettitte readies for his return in May, and the Yankees will have to bounce someone else from the rotation.
Michael Pineda made a good first impression on Monday. In his first start of the spring, Pineda gave up a leadoff single and then retired six straight hitters, two of which via strikeout.