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Baby steps, not giant leap for Brackman

Yankees bring 6-11 righty along slowly as he continues his climb to the big leagues

Updated: March 9, 2011, 7:58 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Before the nearly 7-foot Andrew Brackman made his 2011 debut, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a simple message: Keep it simple.

"I don't want you to try to make up time today," Girardi told Brackman, who had been set back 10 days by a groin injury, hurting his chances at the No. 5 starter's job. "Just go out and throw strikes and relax and go about your business. I know you missed a couple of outings, but we can't make up those outings so don't try ...

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