The New York Yankees have some pitching situations to solve.
First being the plethora of starting pitching.
Second up is Andy Pettitte’s return, and what to do when the southpaw decides to grace us with his presence again.
Someone has to go either the bullpen, or more likely Triple-A Scranton as it allows the cast-off to keep his arm fresh by pitching every five days.
This should not be decided until Pettitte and the Yankees set a date. And the odd-man should not be told he is out until the day before Pettitte arrives. Determining ‘who’ should be performance based, so the biggest loser goes.
Thirdly, with the devastating news about Joba Chamberlain’s trampoline injury, which will sideline him indefinitely, the Yankees cannot just keep him on the payroll because they like him. It is not going to be easy but they need to cut Joba. I know it is harsh considering all the crap Joba has been put through but reality is the Yankees owe him $1.6 million for 2012 and reality is players are paid to play. Joba can be resigned next season, which I feel is the Yankees are almost obligated to do if he can pitch.
Without Joba returning this season, the initial overcrowding caused by Pettitte does allow for another arm in the bullpen. And if that is not going to be the leftover starter, than why not promote prospect Adam Warren?
Warren could be used in long relief, as the starters will have their bad days when they can’t pitch out of the third inning.
Or the other option is to use Garcia out in the bullpen from the get-go.
This might happen not only because of the $4 million guaranteed money he is owed, but the fact that Garcia knows how to pitch to a situation. Meaning that he doesn’t let the situation dictate his performance, which can be attributed to his experience.
Also, Garcia signed as a free agent without his consent cannot be traded until June 15; so can stay if he wants too, but he recently told David Waldstein of the New York Times:
“I want to pitch, man. Be it here or somewhere. I hope it’s here.”
Garcia has not asked for a trade and still hopes to remain relevant enough to stay in New York.
This is going to be a hectic time because it is tough to make decisions based on Spring Training, and the fact that Hughes is leading the pack scares me because I am not sure he can be totally trusted just yet. And if it is based on camp that means Garcia would get a rotation slot over Nova and Pineda.
I guess time will tell but never a dull moment when it comes to the Yankees.
Otherwise, my heart and prayers are with Joba Chamberlain as his ankle injury was life threatening and thank goodness he is going to be fine. As for pro-baseball, I do not believe this is the end for Joba because he is a fighter and I know I will see him in hopefully Yankee pinstripes again soon. Here is Buster Onley’s report from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and ESPN New York’s latest update on Joba’s injury.