Wednesday Notes: Farquhar, Gardner, Tulowitzki

Farquhar Had Secret Live BP Session

In order to ease him back into baseball after a scary brain aneurysm, Larry Rothschild and the Yankees left righty Danny Farquhar‘s Monday morning live batting practice session off the schedule that they release to reporters.

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported that the 32-year-old threw 20 pitches to Radley Haddad on Monday at 8 a.m. It’s unclear who Farquhar faced in that session, but he came out of it with no injuries.

Farquhar teamed up with the Yankees and Unequal Technologies to create a cap that will protect his brain when on the mound. Starting with a Spring Training cap two sizes too big, Unequal then “lined the interior with kevlar” and foam.

Gardner Responds to Frazier

Brett Gardner responded to Clint Frazier‘s repeated statements about how badly the latter wanted the left-field job in a classic Gardner way: “I wouldn’t want him to think any other way.

“I remember when I was a young kid in his situation. Guys like Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera. I’m trying to take their jobs. I think, any time, doesn’t matter if it’s him and me, or other positions we have, we’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of guys. It takes more than 25 guys obviously to get through where we want to get to. I think everybody in this room is going to play a big part at some point. I’m a big fan of him. I think he has a bright future ahead of him in this game. I’ll do anything I can to help him.”

— Brett Gardner, via Brendan Kuty of

Tulo Takes Live BP

Troy Tulowitzki took live batting practice in a simulated game today in Tampa. He faced righty Joe Harvey and lefty Phillip Diehl. He had at least one looking strikeout and also flew out to right field.

“That’s off the wall at Yankee Stadium,” bullpen coach Mike Harkey said to Tulowitzki, per Joel Sherman. “You are going to love it there, bro.”

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