30 Apr 2012
Andy Pettitte’s line in Florida today: 5-2/3IP 10H 6R 5ER 0BB 10K’s. The strikeouts are good, but this was a start against low level minor leaguers. He threw 96 pitches, but the thought that he may be ready in a start or two seems far fetched- even if the wind was blowing out. The Yankees seem intent on promoting him for a start May 11th or 12, but I think that speaks to their desperation more than anything else.
Beyond that, I think the Yankees are playing a risky game tonight with only two guys on the bench. Because Nick Swisher has a hamstring pull that isn’t serious enough for the DL and Brett Gardner looks like he will be ready to be reactivated May 3rd the Yankees are going to play shorthanded against the Orioles. We can probably add the current state of the 40-man roster as another reason. Other than Ramiro Pena, the Yankees don’t have anyone on the 40-man who can play the outfield in the bigs. Almonte and Mesa are both in the lower minors and Pena has a grand total of 11 games in the outfield in his career. When you add in the fact that his bat is a minus, you can understand why the Yankees aren’t rushing out to promote him to the majors.
But, Pena could certainly play the infield and the Yankees would have been smart to promote him tonight. If a position player gets hurt tonight, the Yankees have only Stewart and Jones on the bench. That’s a foolish way to enter a series and while I understand the reasons, I don’t agree with them.