From the News:
Randy Johnson hasn’t had the greatest of seasons. In fact, he admits his first year in pinstripes has been “frustrating” at times.
But Johnson insists he hasn’t lost confidence in his ability. Instead, he says, he’s just lost his ability to maintain his mechanics at times.
That is why Johnson changed his routine when he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Instead of throwing off of flat ground like he usually does, Johnson climbed the mound in the Yankee Stadium bullpen and fired balls as if he were pitching in a game.
Johnson said he received advice from pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, personal catcher John Flaherty, Jorge Posada – the catcher he supposedly has an icy relationship with – and Joe Kerrigan, his former pitching coach in Montreal who was recently hired by the Yankees as a special pitching instructor. All agreed that Johnson’s mechanics needed to be tightened up.
Mel, Flash, and Jorgie have been on the Johnson case all summer and nothing happened. Kerrigan talks to him once, for the first time, this past Tuesday, and then the next day, Randy tries the new warm-up routine – and then has a great game.
Unit’s being very PC here in the credit. But, I truly believe this is all Kerrigan.