Morning Bits: Recap, Posada, Guthrie, Smoltz
Here are a few quick items on the morning:
- Thanks to CC Sabathia and their offense, the Yankees beat the Orioles last night, 8-3.
- Jorge Posada took a pitch off his knee during the game, and is considered day-to-day.
- Due to his knack for hitting Yankees, Joe Girardi is upset with starter Jeremy Guthrie.
- Yesterday, John Smoltz was critical of the Yankees for their use of Joba Chamberlain.
Here’s what Smoltz had to say, via the NY Post:
“I don’t know if people realize how hard this is on a person,” said Smoltz, who will call Sunday’s Yankees-White Sox game on TBS. “It’s a very tough thing to do. People just assume too much in this game. People think if you have the stuff Joba has you can switch roles and just pick it right up. The reality is it’s totally different. No similarities, nothing, complete opposites.”
“A player gets trapped,” Smoltz said before the Yankees’ 8-3 victory last night. “People are too quick to judge. That’s the nature of the beast. They see him throwing 98 miles per hour and say he’s the heir apparent for Mariano Rivera. Then the other group says what if he can do that over seven innings? He can replace Andy Pettitte when he retires. Next thing you know you have a mix of opinions and the player gets confused.”
If anyone knows about switching, back-and-forth, between the rotation and the bullpen, it’s Smoltz.
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