Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

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UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning.

12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow.

12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Zumaya felt “something” in his arm and will get it checked out.

11:54 AM: It’s a little early to speculate, but given Joel Zumaya’s lengthy injury history, these Tweets from Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com are a bit concerning.

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com writes that Zumaya declined to speak with the media following the abbreviated throwing session.

Zumaya, 27, signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Twins in January after missing the entire 2011 season following major elbow surgery. According to Bollinger, the Twins will only have to pay him $400,000 if they decide to cut him during spring training due to injury.

Yankees to hire Josh Bard as their new bench coach

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Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.

Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.

Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.

Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:

“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”