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'Switch-Pitcher' Gets Four Outs For Yankees

Pat Venditte showed off both arms for the Yankees against the Braves on Tuesday, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings.

"I understand where it's coming from," said Venditte, acknowledging why people are intrigued by him. "And it's my job to go out there and prove that I can pitch."

Venditte switched back and forth, depending on whether he was facing a righty or lefty.

"I think I have to," he said. "I don't have overpowering stuff from either side, so I think I really need this."


Girardi Intrigued By 'Switch-Pitcher'

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is interested in "switch-pitcher" Pat Venditte.

Venditte will accompany New York to Lake Buena Vista on Tuesday for a split-squad game against the Braves.

"I've wanted to see it all spring," Girardi said. "I think it's interesting."

Venditte wears a special six-finger glove so that he can switch hands while on the mound.

Via MLB.com

Teixeira Hit By Pitch, Leaves Game

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch on Monday night in an exhibition game against the Orioles.

The pitch, thrown by Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, hit Teixeira in the right elbow and forced him out of the game.

"I was kind of like, 'Oh no!' when he got hit," manager Joe Girardi said. "He won't play [Tuesday] and probably won't play Wednesday. We'll shoot for Thursday."

The injury was determined to be a bruise.


Eiland: Joba Is In Bullpen Long-Term

Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland says that the long-term plan is for Joba Chamberlain to come out of the bullpen.

"He's in the bullpen, and he's there to stay, period," Eiland said in an effort to end constant speculation.

Eiland admitted the final decision is not his alone, but doesn't expect Chamberlain to start at all this season.

"We will not bring him out of the bullpen to start this year," Eiland said. "There's people above me that can override my decision, but as far as I'm concerned that's where he's going to be."

Via New York Post

Cashman: Joba's Long-Term Role Uncertain

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted Sunday that the long-term role of pitcher Joba Chamberlain hasn't been determined.

Chamberlain will start the 2010 season as a reliever. The Yankees awarded the fifth spot in their starting rotation to Phil Hughes last week.

Cashman said his focus is on this season and that there have been no decisions made on Chamberlain's status for 2011.

"We haven't had any team meetings and said 'alright, he's a reliever for the rest of his life.' No we didn't do that," Cashman said. "Essentially, though, I think what the mindset has got to be, he's not going to help us in our rotation right now because we picked five guys. His role on the club is to help us out of the pen."


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