TAMPA, Fla. – Both players Luis Severino and Aroldis Chapman do not present a picnic for the AHL players, but they offered an encouraging challenge Thursday morning at the Yankees camp, while Giancarlo Stanton continues to prepare his momentum for the normal season.
A few hours before his appearance in the
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A few hours before appearing in the formation as a left defensive player in the New York Pirates' 8-6 win, Stanton volunteered to offer extra strikes against the tandem, who pitched games simulated on a training ground behind George M. Steinbrenner. Field.
"They are not going to make it easy for me," said Stanton. "Train like it's going to be out there, they're some of the best guys in the league, if you're going to get ready for a season, that's what you want."
But the pitchers were early this morning. While pitching coach Larry Rothschild called for goals and lightning, Severino hit Stanton twice. Chapman – who was turning 31 – stoked Stanton on a slider.
"It was not fun, but it's a good match," said Severino. "It's good to deal with hitters like that, you can work with your pitch and get ready for real games."
In his last round at bat, Stanton connected on a rug from a jump Severino stabbed in front of the mound. Severino joked about having "good hands" and said his next outing should take place in a match that he strongly prefers to face his own teammates.
"It's hard for us because we do not want to hit anyone," Severino said. "It's not like you're facing another team, you do not want to hit your teammates."
In the split second after contact, Stanton said that he did not care about Severino's safety.
"It was in his glove before anyone saw it anyway," Stanton said.
In an "S" battle, it was Sevy against Stanton & Sánchez in a simulation match this morning. Result: pic.twitter.com/uTaphhPLhu
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Chapman said that he felt ready to play a match and that his left knee was healthy thanks to a modified program for the winter. He spent four weeks on the disabled list last season with knee tendonitis. He returned to action on September 20th.
"I took a little extra time," Chapman said through an interpreter. "We also focused on knee rehabilitation, making sure to follow all the programs and everything I needed to do to rehabilitate the knee and bring it back to 100% and stronger."
Chapman, who has recorded 32 saves on 34 occasions and scored a total of 2.45 in ERA over 55 times last year, said he was struggling with the knee problem since at least the month of May.
"It's certainly not ideal to run like this, but in the end, I'm here to do my job and help my team," Chapman said. "You have to go through things like this, put them aside and expose them.The good thing about all of this, is that it's past, that's it." Last year, we can turn the page and focus on the upcoming season. "
"I feel good about launching strikes, but the performance has not been as good as I would have liked," said Happ. "I do not like giving up the sleeves, whether they count or not, I want to put zeros and be successful At some point, you want to see consistent outs, get some hitter feedback." I had a bit of that, but I did not have the consistency of that today. "
"It was good to see him influence the ball more," said manager Aaron Boone. "In the past two days, his batting practices have been severe – no doubt to anyone today – he is one of those who, from the start, are of the genre." "Oh, okay. "He came here to fight for something."
• The Yankees do not know when (or if) Russell Wilson will join them at the camp. The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback spent a week with the club last spring, culminating in a grapefruit league match; Wilson has scratched.
Sanchez is set to play his first game of the spring on Friday as the Yankees host the Orioles for a 6:35 pm ET at Steinbrenner Field. left-handed
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