Quick Bits: Roster Decisions

Here are a few quick news items on the day:

  • The Yankee coaches, along with assorted staff members, will meet today in order to construct their respective roster for the ALDS.
  • Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano will have the night off against Kansas City and Anthony Lerew. Most of the other regulars—Tex, Damon, Jeter, Swisher, A-Rod—are expected to return to the lineup after receiving a day-off against Luke Hochevar.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr. will take live batting practice today after being sidelined with tendinitis in his left wrist. Hairston received a cortisone shot a few days ago—his second of the month—in order to help alleviate the issue.
  • Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will be honored for their historic accomplishments this season, prior to tonight’s ballgame. As we all know, this year, Jeter passed Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ all-time hits list and Mariano collected the 500th save of his career. It should make for a nice moment, so if you’re going to tonight’s game, be sure to get there early.

4 thoughts on “Quick Bits: Roster Decisions

  1. scott l

    Who is the final pitcher to make the post season staff?

    If it comes down to Bruney, Gaudin and Marte who do you choose?

    Gaudin against Tigers and Marte against the Twins with Bruney out imo.

    • I think it may come down to Bruney and Robertson. Tyler Kepner reported that Damaso Marte will likely make it — Girardi likes having 2 lefties — and if the Yankees keep Joba on in order to pitch in long relief, then that would eliminate Gaudin. I would opt for a rusty David Robertson over an inconsistent Brian Bruney, if that’s the case.

      • scott l

        Marte is not really needed against the Tigers but would be nice to have in the pen against the Twins.

        If it came down to Bruney vs Robertson there is no doubt in my mind that Robertson makes it. He is the better pitcher at this time.

        Gaudin would be valuable against the Tigers because of his K/BB rates against right handed batters.

        • Agreed. I think if you’re facing the Twins, you have to go with two lefties. I’ve always been a fan of Marte and think he could be used the way Girardi has been using Phil Coke (against righties and lefties). Coke, on the other hand, should be, in my opinion, strictly a lefty-lefty guy (the way Girardi has been using Marte).

          Gaudin could definitely be useful and perhaps the Yankees will go that route against the Tigers.

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