Bad news as the Yankees just announced Joba has a ligament tear and will miss the rest of the season. It’s getting a little empty in that bullpen.

David Robertson has been Houdini, but his walk rate of 6.9 per 9 innings is going to kill him if he doesn’t fix it. Boone Logan has a nice ERA, but he has been terrible against lefties. Luis Ayala looks good, but can you trust him to keep it going? Anyone want to bet on Pendleton?

The Yankees need to think about trying some of their AAA arms out before heading to the trade market. Kevin Whelan seems to have finally put it together this year with 30K’s in 27 innings and a 1.67 ERA. Tim Norton, a former prospect who was sidelined for a couple of years, obliterated AA and made his first AAA appearance last night, striking out 2 in 1 inning and giving up a hit. He’s 28, so there isn’t a lot of downside to rushing him.

As for the rest of the club, I want to see some snarl tonight. The Red Sox are eating their lunch and I haven’t seen anyone stand up and say enough. Win or lose, that’s what I want to see.

Back later.