As many of you already know, Chris Capuano was added to the big league roster yesterday at the expense of Chris Leroux. In a somewhat surprising decision, Joe announced that he would work out of the rotation rather than the bullpen. Capuano is getting the start this afternoon while Shane Greene gets bumped back a day and Chase Whitley moves to the bullpen.
I call the decision surprising because Capuano had his greatest success this year out of the bullpen in Boston. That said, he does have a solid track record as a Major League starter and he had pitched to a 2.79 ERA with 21 K in 19.2 IP over 4 starts in the Colorado system before being traded. More than anything, I think this move was driven by the desire to get Whitley back to the bullpen as a way to manage his innings. He’s closing in on 90 IP for the year, a mark he hasn’t reached since 2011 when he was still a full-time reliever.
The addition of Capuano to the roster leaves the Yankees with 4 lefties on the pitching staff for the moment, 3 of them in the bullpen, and the safe assumption is that we’ll see another move today or tomorrow to send one of them (probably Jeff Francis) down and call up a position player. With Teix reportedly out through the weekend, the Yanks are working with a 2-man bench and that’s less than ideal. Zoilo smacked 3 HR the other night. Maybe he’ll get another shot.