2009: Sergio Mitre was inserted into the Yankees bullpen (and occasionally starting rotation) mid-season after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery to help solve the Joba Chamberlain problem. Mitre was primarily used to fill in for Joba when his pitch count prevented him from making a start while making the occasional relief appearance in. For the most part of the season he was on the 60-day DL rehabbing while he served a 50 day suspension because he tested positive for a banned substance. Not to be too unkind but Mitre was about as effective on the DL as he was on the mound.
The 29 year old was coming off a 2008 ligament replacement surgery in his elbow and after serving a 50-day suspension it was unlikely that he was going to be brilliant. But, it was not expected that Mitre would perform the way he did. He showed a stroke of brilliance during h is best performance when he threw 6.1 innings of no-hit ball against the White Sox in late August. Beyond that he never pitched more than 5.2 innings and gave up 39 runs on 71 hits in 51.2 innings pitched while giving up 3 or more runs in 8 of his 12 appearances. As a reliever he has a 4.70 ERA and gave up 4 earned runs in 7.2 innings. As a starter he had a whopping 7.16 ERA and gave up 35 earned runs in 44 innings pitched.
- 2009 Stats: 3 Wins 3 Losses 51.2 Innings 6.79 ERA 71 Hits 39 Earned Runs 13 Walks 32 Strikeouts
2010: With an $855,000 contract for the 2010 and having gained some valuable major league experience, Mitre should improve. The Yankees have not discussed in detail whether or not Mitre will be used in the bullpen for long relief or sent back down to the minors where he could be lost on waivers because he does not have an option left. But, the signing of Chan Ho Park essentially means that someone on the bullpen depth chart will be sent down to the minors. With Gaudin having had a relatively productive season, Mitre will most likely get the boot and will probably get picked up on waivers by a team who needs a long reliever or someone who can make a spot start.
- 2010 Prediction: Not with the Yankees, picked up on waivers by another American League team