The Yankees offense has taken a step back this year, but they are still one of the best teams in baseball largely because of their pitching staff. That staff took a big hit last week as Andy Pettitte went on the DL with a strained trapezius muscle.
The Yankees recalled Vidal Nuno to take his place in the rotation. Sunday’s rainout means that they won’t have to use Nuno this time through the rotation though.
Pettitte has a 3.83 ERA, a 7.1 K/9, and a 2.7 BB/9 in eight starts this year. His injury isn’t expected to keep him out long, but it sounds like he can benefit from a week or two off though. Nuno has done a good job in his couple of appearances this year so it probably won’t be a big deal to give him a rest.
In unrelated news the Yankees made a minor upgrade at shortstop as they acquired Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for $75,000. To make room for him on the roster they designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.
Brignac, 27, is certainly not a huge upgrade over the Attorney General. He has a .228/.270/.321 line during his career, but he plays a good shortstop and can also play second, third, and the corner outfield spots as well. So he brings a little more versatility with him and Brignac can platoon with Jayson Nix as he hits righties better than lefties.
• Joba Chamberlain, strained oblique, will not be back as soon as expected. He headed down to Tampa over the weekend for rehab. The Yankees will be down there to play the Rays over the weekend and he could be activated then.
• After he tossed 108 pitches in his MLB debut, the Yankees sent Brett Marshall back down to the minors the next day and recalled Dellin Betances to take his place in the bullpen. It’s not for merit though, they simply needed another arm and Betances was the only one on the 40-man roster that could easily be called up.
• Yankees LHP prospect Omar Luis, signed a year ago for $4 million, has been listed on the Staten Island Yankees roster which likely means that his visa issues have finally been settled.
• Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman are free agents after this season, but the Yankees have not approached them for extension talks despite the fact the team is thriving when many expected their collapse.
• Why is Ben Francisco still on the team? Brian Cashman says it’s just to piss everyone off. He was joking, but seriously…he’s hitting .114/.220/.182 in 21 games and hasn’t had even a .750 OPS since 2010. He’s not a major leaguer. Get him off the team.
• The Yankees are headed to Baltimore on Monday and you can join them. Buy Yankees tickets even while they’re on the road.
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