July 28, 2021

New York Yankees news: James Paxton working on spin rate (Pinstripe Alley)

New York Post | George A. King III: While rehabbing from his winter back surgery, Yankees starter James Paxton has been working on improving his fastball. Aided by advanced technology during his bullpen sessions in Wisconsin, he has altered his grip, utilizing less pressure from his thumb in order to increase his spin rate. A healthy Paxton to start the shortened season would be a big boon for the Yankees rotation, and an improved one would be icing on the cake.

Newsday | Tim Healey: According to sources, should the season get the go-ahead to begin, the Yankees intend to begin “spring” training in Florida at their spring training complex, not in Yankee Stadium. While this has its benefits — most notably the lower rates of COVID-19 pandemic rates — the need to prepare safety regulations at two stadiums and unpredictable Florida summer weather conditions could throw some wrenches into the Yankees’ plans. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Tyler Wade, J.A. Happ, and DJ LeMahieu will likely not complain about this arrangement, however — they have still been training in Tampa.

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