With all the competitions that are happening this Spring, it’s easy to get carried away and try too hard too fast. That’s when Joe Girardi has to come in and tell the young hopefuls not to overexert themselves in fear they could get hurt. Overall, he was extremely pleased everyone heeded his advice and hopes it will stay that way for the rest of Spring.
“With the open competitions that we have here, I had some concerns about guys trying to do too much,” Girardi said. “And I didn’t see that today.”
The Yankees had their first day of workouts today at Steinbrenner Field, with about a dozen side sessions and eight bullpens. The highlight of the day was seeing Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova on the mound for the first time in 2014.
Although there is a competition for the fifth starter role, the Spring is mostly used to prepare for the regular season, and a job won’t be won on the first or second day of camp.
“I told the guys today, ‘Now’s the time to build arm strength,'” Girardi said. “That’s what you’re here to do. You’re not going to make the team today or tomorrow or in five days, or in 10 days.
“It’s not going to happen. That’s been my message and I’ll continue to state that — that when you have open competition, someone doesn’t get hurt and have a 10-day setback or a 15-day setback.