There’s nothing to really talk about today that hasn’t been beaten to death (non-prospect related, of course). But that doesn’t mean other people didn’t do it. Let’s see what’s going down in Yankeeland:
Don Amore thinks that Kei Igawa was effective yesterday against the Phillies. Then again, Amore also thinks that “Igawa didn’t walk a batter.” I’ll hold back on Amore’s criticism of Kei’s performance, even though I didn’t see it that way. But to say that he didn’t walk a batter when, in fact, he walked two is despicable. Meanwhile, Peter Abraham compares the spring numbers of Dice-K and Igawa. I like Pete and all, but this is an exercise in futility.
Tests found no damage in Jeff Karstens’s elbow. While there is no timetable for his return, this places him back in the battle for the fifth starter spot, which will appear just once in the early going. Darrell Rasner will make his case tomorrow.
Both could actually make their way into the rotation for the first week of the season, but Andy Pettite doesn’t want that to happen. He threw 25 pitches yesterday, and I suppose we’ll get word later as to how his back is feeling today.