The Translator: Joe Girardi

February, 23, 2012
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The Translator is a recurring feature of the blog where we present what someone said and what (we think) they mean by running his words through our high-tech Truth Detector.

THE QUESTION: "How closely will you watch Phil Hughes' velocity?"

THE ANSWER: "I think you watch it a little more carefully as we get closer to the end because the arm strength at that point is starting to build up," Joe Girardi said. "I don't make too much of it right now. It probably will be a focus for some early on, saying he's going through what he went through last year if [lower velocity] is the case. Or if the velocity is there right away, then it will be a moot point."

THE TRANSLATION: "What can I say to you [reporters], so you won't ask me about Hughes' velocity ever again!?!''
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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