14 Apr 2011
The Yankees have three lefty pitchers who each earn $4 million a year and none of them will probably be of any use to the club in 2011.
Start with Pedro Feliciano who has a torn shoulder capsule. Brian Cashman said the other day that Feliciano was “abused” by the Mets which leads me to wonder why the Yankees signed him feeling that way?
Damaso Marte had labrum surgery last October and has started playing catch. There a chance, not a big one, that he could be back at some point this year. Should we blame the Pirates for his problems?
Last, and certainly least, is Kei Igawa, the $51 million man. Kei set the career wins record at Scranton and is now currently pitching out of the bullpen in Trenton. Thankfully, this is the last year of his disaster of a contract.
That leaves the current Yankees with only one lefty in the pen, Boone Logan, and Logan doesn’t seem to be able to get lefties out right now. He has only faced eight of them this season, but they have tattooed him at a rate of .500/.625/.667.
The Yankees will obviously give Logan every chance to show he can improve, but what if he doesn’t? Andy Sisco is currently in Scranton and Steve Garrison is pitching in Trenton, but I think we all know the obvious answer is Manny Banuelos. Remember that Manny only threw 109 innings in 2009 and 64 in 2010 there is zero chance he is going to be starting the rest of the season. But, I could definitely see a late season callup to pitch out of the bullpen in his future.
One last note, Feliciano can obviously be moved to the 60-day DL. I wonder if the Yankees will do that and put someone new on the 40-man?