TAMPA – Yankees legend Andy Pettitte spoke to Masahiro Tanaka about using the cut fastball, and manager Aaron Boone couldn't be happier.
“Whenever these two talk about pitching, that's a good thing. I think it's great. Andy is obviously revered by many people in our clubhouse and to see him take on an increasingly active role, he can have a profound impact on the boys. Seeing him and Masa click is a great thing, "said Boone.
It turned out to be miscommunication, but when Tanaka's name disappeared from the pitching schedule, the immediate question was about Tanaka's health, having had a bone spur removed from his right elbow after last season. Tanaka said his elbow was fine and he was going to throw a simulated game on Friday.
No one knows if Miguel Andujar can go as far as he can to play the outfield this season, but a tool was seen on Wednesday when Andujar showed he had enough arm strength to move from the right field to the second base toss.
With a slight movement, Andujar's litters had comfort and speed, which was a good sign after undergoing end-of-season surgery on his right shoulder last May. Andujar also works on the first and third bases, its original position.
Before a two-inning stint on Wednesday, Gerrit Cole asked an employee for a bottle of liquid with electrolytes because there was only water in the shelters. It was Cole's second live BP session and he showed the same intensity as the first session.
Thursday is the penultimate training session with a full squad before the Yankees open the exhibition season against the Blue Jays on Saturday. The photo day follows, which will take place in the early morning.