Catching up with some Yanks news

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.

Keeping up to date

I’m not one for linking to mainstream media stories and then turning the other way. If you wanted that, you’d look straight into the horse’s mouth, right? I’d rather dig into questions regarding the state of the team, even if much of it is well-reasoned speculation at this point. However, I’m not finished with my current project (you should see my Farnsworth piece tonight or tomorrow morning), and there are a few loose ends to tie up:

Damon is back in camp. He says it has nothing to do with his daughter or father. From the quotes in the story, it sounds like something Damon just needed to clear his conscience. Glad to hear that it was, in fact, a non-story.

Also contained in the above link is the result of Pavano’s MRI. A bone bruise they say. I’m not sure how long that will keep him out, but it doesn’t seem like it will shelf him past Tuesday’s intrasquad game.

Villone turned down offers to accept Yanks minor-league deal. This is kind of troubling, because his acceptance of a guaranteed contract elsewhere would have meant a sandwich pick for the Yanks. Looks like Villone didn’t give the Yankees much choice in the matter.

And really, that’s all that’s newsworthy. The analysis will return to its regular schedule later tonight.