When Chris Capuano was traded to the Yankees last night, many figured he was going to the bullpen in order to give the tired pen some length. Instead, he was thwarted into the Yankees starting rotation and is slated to pitch tomorrow. Shane Greene was pushed back to Sunday and Chase Whitley was moved to the Yankees pen.
“That’s why we went and got Cap, to be a starter for us,” Girardi said. “And we’re obviously hopeful that he’ll do good things.”
Capuano had a good beginning of the season, posting a 0.00 ERA in April. However, things went south for Capuano and he posted a 22.50 ERA with the Red Sox in June before he was cut from the team on July 1st. Capuano signed with the Rockies and pitched in their minor league system, pitching to a 2.79 ERA in four starts in Double-A.
So what is it that Joe Girardi and the Yankees like about Capuano?
“Just the experience that he has, used to being a starter, used to logging a lot of innings, gives us a left-hander at our ballpark, which you like. It also allows to — Chase is really built up — put him in the bullpen to help us out there as a real long guy. It gives you more flexibility with (David) Huff. So it does a lot of things for us, actually.”
— To make room for Capuano on the roster, the Yankees have designated Chris Leroux for assignment.
— Mark Teixeira will not go on the DL as of yet, but you have to wonder how long it will be before the Yankees make a decision. He’s been out since Monday with a lat strain.
“I hope to be back in a few days,” Teixeira said. “… The spasms have really felt better. The actual strain itself is feeling better.”
While Teixeira feels better, baseball activity will be the next step to determine where the Yankees will go from here.
“I would hate to put Tex on the DL and he’s ready after seven days or eight days or six,” Girardi said. “That’s what I don’t want to do. So as he does some activity over the next two days, we’ll have a much better idea where he’s at.”
— It’s hard to believe, considering how the Yankees have been playing, but coming into tonight the Yankees are tied for the second Wild Card spot. Obviously there’s two months of the season left, but the Yankees have really opened some eyes, especially after taking six of the first seven games, guaranteeing them a winning home stand.