In his first intrasquad scrum amid the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, Cole threw five innings of a stroke, requiring only 67 shots (43 for strikes), with six strikeouts and two walks.
Cole only needed four shots to push the lead man, outfielder Mike Tauchman, before giving his only hit of the evening, a first throw home run to Miguel Andujar.
“I thought it was good. It was nice to pass the course of five. We have been effective, ”said Cole. “Bounced back after a few walks, and overall the location was pretty good. “
The right-hander, who finished second to former Houston Astros teammate Justin Verlander for the 2019 American League Cy Young Prize after posting a 20-5 record and 2.50 ERA regular season best , did not allow another stroke and then withdrew the last nine hitters he faced.
“Hit the load really well.” [catcher] Gary [Sanchez] good. Like I said, the four [pitches] pretty good location tonight. Need to work a bit on the fastball control, but good progress, “said Cole.
In the spring, after each of Cole’s games or paddock sessions, New York manager Aaron Boone spoke at length about the ace’s focus and his enthusiasm for details. These were certainly on display on Tuesday.
“Honestly, [what stands out] is its intensity. He doesn’t take a stand, and I told him about it. He wants to be like a game every time he’s on the mound, “said rookie Michael King, who pitched two or three scoreless innings. Even in these intrasquads, the first of Spring 2.0 training, and he is mad at himself for missing slots, furious at not having performed. It is therefore this competitiveness and this intensity that it brings that I hope to do the same. ”
Boone offered his impressions.
“I thought he had thrown the ball very well and I thought he would finish well too,” said Boone. “It was the thing I thought was good to see: His stuff was really good from start to finish. I felt like in some ways it even became a little more precise and at a good pace, especially with its cursor later. ”
There was a joyous moment when, after removing Tauchman, Cole thought he could not reuse the ball he had just thrown, and by requesting a new ball, he gave up a home run with his next launch.
According to the extended protocols contained in the MLB 2020 Operations Manual, “Any baseball put into play and touched by more than one player must be removed and exchanged for a new baseball. After an outing, players are strongly discouraged from throwing the ball into the inside field. ”
“We were not sure whether we should keep it or not. So we made a joke about it, and it looks like I should have kept it, ”said Cole. “I think there is obviously going to be some extra preparation in terms of really knowing the rules before going out, and that’s a bit of our responsibility, so it’s part of the job description of playing during a pandemic.” it’s done, and we’ll do it safely. ”
Boone said the team went into action against outfielder Clint Frazier, who has faced “a little foot problem in the past two months,” according to Boone. Frazier was the Yankees’ designated hitter for the second consecutive night.
The third-year manager also said the Yankees had completed their admission tests and pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga, who had been delayed due to travel problems from his home country, Nicaragua, had not finished. the process. Boone said he hoped Loaisiga, who is considering a fifth starting spot, could join the team on Wednesday.