Kat O’Brien checked in with Brian Bruney today:
Brian Bruney has dropped significant weight. He says he lost 18 pounds and should be down 20 before the season. He wanted to get to 240 and is at 237, and looks even leaner…He also said he focused on his nutrition.
“I’m just in all-around better shape,” he said. “I’ve never really pitched in good physical shape before. I’ve always been kind of average. I knew going in that Joe [Girardi] was kind of a stickler for that, so that was one reason, but mostly I just wanted to do it for myself.”
Infamously last season, Bruney and Joe Torre did not get along. If Bruney shows up willing to pitch and throws strikes, the Yankee bullpen stands to benefit. We may yet see the Joe Girardi Effect on this team fairly quickly.