If I were Javier Vazquez, I would be insulted.
Not only is moving Vazquez to the bullpen ridiculous, it is such a blow to the ego.
Vazquez has always been a good starter for thirteen seasons in the majors. In his career, Vazquez has a 4.24 ERA, with 2280 strikeouts and has pitched 200+ innings in nine seasons.
Vazquez has struggled big time this season, but had majorly improved in his last start. Even though the team lost, it surely was not Vazquez fault as the Yankee bats were dead in Detroit.
Moving him to the bullpen, instead of letting him start against a NL team is a low blow by the Yankees.
Vazquez did his job in his last outing so what is the problem. He deserves at the very least the benefit of the doubt here and is given another start.
Mitre, who stunk last season, and is not even close to having a career, with a solid history like Vazquez.
Way to go Yankees, talk about helping a player’s mental game.
Vazquez deserves better treatment than he is getting by the Yankees.
UPDATE: Supposedly Vazquez is just needed in the bullpen for the two Boston Red Sox games because Mitre is not available. If Vazquez is not used than he starts Friday night at Citi-field. Let’s see if this remains to be true.