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July 01, 2005

Skinny Yankees

From the Ledger:

Cashman said he did not think right-hander Kevin Brown would be ready to come off the disabled list and start Tuesday's game against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Brown, out with a bad back, had a good day throwing the ball Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., but he has yet to throw off a mound, and Cashman said he doubted Brown could pitch Tuesday.

"I don't think it's a realistic option," Cashman said.

As of now, with no trade for a starting pitcher in place, the Yankees' plan is to find their solution within. Brad Voyles, who pitched Wednesday night for Triple-A Columbus, or Aaron Small, who's scheduled to pitch tonight for Columbus, would be the top candidates. Small would be on short rest, but if he only pitches a few innings (or not at all) tonight, he could be ready to go.

This is the problem when you have three-quarters of your infield making ~$51 million, your outfield making ~$32 million, and four-fifths of your starting rotation making ~$59 million.

To fill out the rest of your team, you're left to the Kevin Reeses, Wayne Franklins, Jason Andersons, Bubba Crosbys, Brad Voyles and Aaron Smalls of the world.

Small has been around. He's already pitched for 5 big league teams in his career. And, while some might call him a "has been," actually, he's a "never was."

Yoyles is still young - just 27. Reportedly, he throws hard and has a curve that moves. But, command is his issue. In three chances with the Royals, he's given up a lot of hits and walks.

Gosh, the Yankees are incredibly thin.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 1, 2005 11:21 AM

Comments

I have to disagree with them being thin at starting pitching. In other words, how many teams have a bunch of guys they can call up and be expected to give decent starts?

Posted by: Don at July 1, 2005 02:17 PM

Well, in the championship years, they always had Ramiro Mendoza ready to make some spot starts every year. Last year, they had Orlando Hernandez in the tank ready to step in. That's the type of guy they're missing this year.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 1, 2005 03:00 PM

"I have to disagree with them being thin at starting pitching. In other words, how many teams have a bunch of guys they can call up and be expected to give decent starts?"

Well, I don't know how many teams have decent pitchers in reserve, but the Yankees sure ain't one of them. The trouble is they don't have very good pitchers on their major league team either.

Posted by: jeroboam at July 1, 2005 04:06 PM

Mendoza was a gem before his surgery, an unsung hero back when.

As for El Duque, I wanted to keep him around but they wasted money on Wrong...... errrrr..... Wright.

And they did have one guy in reserve, Wang. Any more than that is asking a lot.

Posted by: Don at July 1, 2005 06:46 PM