Relief (Long) On The Way

Joe Girardi announced before the game that the Yankees will recall a long reliever before Tuesday’s game.  That makes a lot of sense (it has for awhile now) especially because, as Greg pointed out in the comments of a different post, you really don’t know what to expect with Joba throwing 65 or so pitches.  Will that equate to five innings or three?  I don’t think anyone really knows the answer and therefore you had better be ready to provide six innings of relief.

The question is, who gets the call?  Jeff Karstens is pitching in AAA tonight which would seem to eliminate him, but if he is removed from his start early that would be a big sign.  Other than Karstens, the next logical guy would be (gulp) probably Igawa.  I don’t think the Yankees will add someone to the 40-man roster to make this move and since Chase Wright is in AA right now, there aren’t many other choices.  They could surprise us with Steven White, but I would guess Igawa gets the nod based on the investment they have made in him.