Joba, Nova, Hughes and Wade all throwing in Tampa already

Open Thread: Scott Pose
The Evolution of "Retro"

Pitchers and catchers aren’t due to report for another eight days, but many of the Yankees’ hurlers are already in Tampa preparing for the season according to the AP. Joba Chamberlain threw 15 pitches in his second half-mound session yesterday, saying he’s “happy with the progress and feeling good.” Unlike the other guys in camp, he’s rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Ivan Nova threw off a mound yesterday, which is only notable because he ended last season with a strained flexor tendon. The team says he’s fully healed and healthy, but there’s always that little bit of concern until you hear that he got back on a mound and didn’t report any problems. Phil Hughes and Cory Wade also threw off a mound, and Derek Jeter is scheduled to hit on the field for the first time on Monday.

Open Thread: Scott Pose
The Evolution of "Retro"
  • Alfredo

    This is good to hear.

  • Peter R

    What kinda of shape are they in? That is the pressing question here.

    • Mike E

      Hughes is in great shape.

      • Mike Myers

        AJ looks great. He grew a sixth finger to help his curve ball.

        • Monterowasdinero

          And Martin has a new shield to wear to be able to block it.

  • CANO FAN #1

    Men I can’t with for the season

    • CANO FAN #1

      Wait.. Sorry

  • GardnergoesYardner

    I’m glad the young guys are taking the initative and arriving early, instead of waiting. That work ethic is what seperates the good players from the great ones.

  • JD

    Is camp open to spectators / worth going to before games start?

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I like going before the games start. You can occasionally have conversations with players and get photos, autographs etc. Unless you have big $ you’ll never get that close at the stadium. Plus Tampa in February is a lot nicer than the northeast.

    • Countryclub

      Going to the public batting practice sessions when camp first opens is pretty cool. You get in for free and you can buy a beer and sit anywhere you want. It’s more fun than the games IMO.

      • Jd

        Awesome,,, will the schedule be posted at some point?

        • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

          AFAIK there isn’t a schedule as such. They workout every day until games start. I think they start at about 10am and go to 11:30 or so.

          There are two fields to watch and a big bullpen where a bunch of guys will throw at one time. If you have several people you can keep an eye on what is going on the different locations so you don’t miss a particular player that you want to see.

          When I was there a couple of years ago everyone wanted to see Jesus and he didn’t disappoint. He hit a couple of bombs including one over the big scoreboard in left.

  • Raza

    Hughes will be awesome this year. Breakout candidate for 2012.

  • Dan

    Gene Michael was on Francessa’s show on Friday and said at the very end of the interview that he thought Hughes was going to have a big year.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Same guy that said look out for Andy Pettitte in 1994 when he was still in the minors.

  • Johnny

    I always wonder if any of these guys have added pitches to their repertoire over the offseason, or I should say if they’ve better mastered a particular pitch. Like the Phil’s cutter, which has always seemed kinda slow to me (~mid 70s). Then again, according to Fangraphs (if I’m interpreting their pitch value data correctly) it was an effective pitch for him in 2009 and 2010 before it got bludgeoned in 2011 for obvious reasons.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Eye of the tiger baby.

  • DZ

    I’ve said it for months, hughes will be the best yankee starter not named cc in 2012. Mid 3 era with 180 innings, and all haters will smoke the objective pipe

    • Jesse

      God, I hope so. I’ve been standing behind him since the beginning. Would be awesome if he did that. I’m also making the bold prediction that he’ll make the All Star team.

    • TCMiller30

      Those numbers won’t be as good as Pineda’s though

    • Steve

      I agree. I think Hughes is going to put it all together this season. I have no impressive saber metric data to back that statement up, just a feeling I get. He’s at the age and has the tools and experience to get it done. He’s had enough success and enough failure, and has held on. It’s now time to bring it. Make or break year for Phil now, and I think he’s gonna do it.

  • statboy yankopherson

    hughes will rock this year.

  •!/KChinmaster KenC

    Hughes showing up early. This is a message to the front office. “GIMMIE THAT ROTATION JOB!”

  • Bronx Byte

    Let’s get the Burnett question out of the way so it doesn’t linger and distract in spring training.

    • Steve

      I think Cashman will get a deal done, and probably before spring training starts. That’ll create the space that’s going to be needed to insure that the bullpen isn’t clogged with excess starters.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    Hughes & Nova fight it out for the number 3 spot

  • ryan

    If Pineda,Hughes and Nova can take steps forward this year 2013 could look pretty awesome:CC,Pineda,Hughes,Nova,Manny.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    Freddy G.

  • JD

    Marianios pimp, and all….
    Can you go to Steinbrenner field on non game days? I’m there the week prior to games being played..

    • Countryclub

      Yes. Check out my response to your above post.

  • Virgil Earp

    Hughes won’t even be a starter, folks. We know CC, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova will be 1-4. Freddy is light years ahead of Hughes in terms of experience. Phil wore down in 2010, broke down in 2011, he can’t handle a full season of starting. Put him in the pen with Joba, Robertson, Soriano, and Mo. We’ll have the best pen in the league and then at the trade deadline you can afford to trade Hughes for a bat.

    • ryan

      Pineda wore down in the second half last year as well. Freddy is not gonna repeat last year. With Mo,Robertson,Soriano at the back end it would be a waste to send him to the BP. Yanks have 4 strong starters and can afford to give hughes one more chance to prove himself in the 5th spot.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Hopefully Wade can teach Joba and Phil how to throw a changeup and someday maybe even throw it in hitters’ counts.

    • Urban

      If I remember correctly, Joba had a decent but-still-developing change-up as a starter in the minors, but he’s pretty much stopped throwing it as a reliever.