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King of spring: Yanks righty healthy and thriving

King of Spring: Yanks righty healthy, thriving

Relief has 8 1/3 unscored

Season ended in July with elbow surgery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Yankees got the preview they were hoping for with a preview of how the final innings of the regular season would look, with neither Jonathan Loáisiga nor Clay Holmes scoring a frame to end Tuesday’s 6-3 win over Detroit. Next, it’s time for the middle inning, and the Yankees will be in good shape if they play anything like Wednesday.

This follows another dominant game from Michael King as New York loses 5-2 at the ballpark to the Nationals Palm Beach The correct firefighters just need

in fourth Taking over a three-game losing streak from Clark Schmidt in the first quarter, King flashed the sweeping ability and precise calls that made him a breakout star 51 This was his longest outing of the spring. He was so efficient that he headed to the bullpen for extra work after the outing.

“Glad he got three UPS, ” manager Aaron Boone said. “Another good day for him.”

This is the latest in a string of encouraging outings for Kim, who has picked up a terrific right from last year. Returning from an elbow injury, he was virtually unbeatable in the Grapefruit League, recording 8 1/3 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts. In those five appearances, he allowed just five runners. King’s performance has Boone salivating as his return will impact on the regular season.

“I still think he has another gear he could use,” Boone said. “Of course I’m happy with his looks and the way he ]s and the way he pitches the ball. Stuff is there. Terrible The thing is I still think there’s there’s a little room for him [ Becoming better]. It’s really inspiring to see how his winter unfolds and how he plays. It’s to his credit, the way he works. Everything he does puts him in a good position.”

when asked Boone smirked at what another outfit would look like for King, who became one of the most dominant backs in baseball last season.

“He’s almost there,” Boone said. “I always feel like, when he doesn’t kill [an opposing batter], I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I just feel like ” is another incremental level he could have achieved, but obviously the results have been fantastic.”

Simply getting last year’s version of King would be great for the Yankees, who never found a real replacement after suffering a broken elbow in July 04. As a result, their bullpen struggled to make it to the playoffs. King was arguably the most valuable reserve player in the game before his injury, pitching at 2. 17 ERA with 66 strikeouts and

Go over 66 Bureau crossing 17 comes out, while giving Boone an electric multi-bureau fireman he can call upon in almost any situation.

King had fracture repair surgery, he learned in September that he didn’t need Tommy John surgery, which would have left the entire right wing on edge season. His return this spring is all the more important for the Yankees because key backups Tommy Kahnle and Lou Trivino will start the season on the injured list, and by all accounts, things are going well.

This could be bad news for the rest of the major leagues.

“ it’s hard to come back from an injury and pick up where you left off, especially one as dire as his,” said Schmidt, who started 3 2/3 in his penultimate spring Lost the inning with six hits and two walks. “It didn’t look like he missed a beat. He looked really good. He As usual back in the zone of competing with the good stuff. He this year will be our important weapon.”



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