Javier Vazquez much prefered his first start of the spring, Monday against the Phillies. Though he gave up a homer to Jimmy Rollins on the first pitch of the game, he struck out four in two innings and had everything working.
He didn't feel that way about today's outing against the Orioles when he gave up two runs and four hits in three innings. Hardly a disastrous outing but Vazquez was disappointed.
“Today I threw some pitches that the action just wasn’t what it was supposed to be,” Vazquez said. “So I have to work on that.”
He said he "rushed" at times with his delivery but was pleased that his arm strength, which Girardi has stressed with his starters, is fine.
“I felt OK,” Vazquez said. “My command wasn’t as good as my first time out but I felt good, my arm feels good.”
*** Curtis Granderson had no issues in his first start in left of the spring, recording outs on all three balls hit his way. Two were fairly routine and he made a nice running catch along the foul line on Nick Markakis' short fly to lead off the third.
“That was a tough wind and sun day,” Girardi said. “It wasn’t an easy day to play left field, so I thought he looked good.”
*** Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Chan Ho Park all threw batting practice. Rivera and Marte are each scheduled to pitch Tuesday. Park will likely appear in his first game later in the week.
*** After the game, the Yankees reassigned LHP Jeremy Bleich, RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Kevin Whelan, LHP Wilkins Arias, LHP Kei Igawa and C Kyle Higashioka, and optioned RHP Andrew Brackman to Single-A Tampa, RHP Christian Garcia to Double-A Trenton and Wilkin De La Rosa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.