Short spring training worries Yankees

TAMPA — As negotiations continue between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in Jupiter, Florida, coaches across the league see their time to prepare for spring training over.

That will have a particularly big impact on the side of the field, with the increased risk of injuries already worrying some at the Yankees little camp.

“It’s a huge concern,” Desi Druschel, the new assistant shooting coach, said on Tuesday.

Druschel, who has spent the previous three seasons training in the Yankees’ minor league system, recalled spring training for 2020, when the coronavirus shut down the sport from March through July and teams had just three weeks to prepare for the regular season.

It’s easy to see what happened there [spring training] 2.0,” Druschel said of 2020. It’s easy to see what happens in the spring training [in general]. “

Druschel pointed to the increase in the rate of injuries that lead to surgeries in the spring training and the first month of the regular season, and he knows that it will be a great challenge this season, as the spring training has already been postponed for a week and the work stoppage in Mashhad has not ended.

Desi Druschel is concerned that short spring training will affect the health of shooters.
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Making matters worse is the fact that team members have not been able to access players on their 40-player rosters since the lockdown began on December 2.

“You fall short [spring training] ‘It’s tough,’ said Druschel. “In the world of promotion, perhaps the number one goal is to make sure we get our hands on the pulse.”

Now that they don’t, teams will have to figure out how to keep shooters healthy.

“If we found out, we wouldn’t have that conversation,” said Druschel. “People will be watching that closely, there’s no doubt about that.”

Before the lockdown began, pitchers were given a blueprint for how to approach the season, from December until… roughly, according to promotion director, Sam Briend.

“The big question is workloads, and managing that,” Brend said. “Ideally, you want novice shooters to start the season with a large enough workload so that they go deep into ball games.”

Typically, Briend said he wants the Novices to be in 70-90 yards after six to eight weeks of spring training. In a potential four-week spring training, that number will likely drop to around 60-65.

Briend and Druschel are among the coaches working with the team’s young players who are not on the 40-man squad, given that they are not affected by the shutdown.

Yankees Minor Leaguer exercise at Yankee Complex in Tampa, Florida.
Low spring training will have a greater impact on the push that will occur.
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Brende is confident that the software the 40 bowlers have been using during the holiday season, along with the growing knowledge among experienced shooters about what it takes to be ready for the regular season, will help veteran shooters whenever they report to camp.

On the hitting side, there won’t be much sense in the springtime schedule, though new hits coach Dillon Lawson said they’re “preparing for all scenarios. … It would be unrealistic if it was so short that we could cover everything. You want the players to have that experience anyway with new coaches.”

But for now, all they can do is hope for the best.