March 17, 2010

Marte OK, Joba keeps pace with Hughes

After getting hit with a line drive in today’s game against the Phillies, Damaso Marte “has a bruise on his lower back but was already going through exercises within a few innings of leaving the game,” according to LoHud. Girardi said he’s not concerned.

Joba Chamberlain pitched the last three innings against the Phillies, striking out three, walking one, and allowing two hits and a run.

Based on the postgame interview, it sounded like Joba really had everything working for him — especially control. Girardi had high praise for the righty, perhaps an attempt to keep the fifth starter race in question.

“Outstanding,” Joe Girardi said. “Worked quickly. Attacked the zone. He’s got to go out and throw more, and that’s what you want to see. Quality.”

Other notes:

  • Andy Pettitte pitched four strong innings in his spring debut.
  • Joel Sherman of the NY Post believes the Yankees have made several big mistakes with the new Yankee Stadium.
  • RAB’s Joe Pawlikowski analyzes last season for A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia, and predicts how they’ll do in 2010.

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