The New York Yankees are all business. Even though the trade deadline closed, general manager Brian Cashman is still restless and making moves.
The latest move was giving a waiver claim assignment to reliever Matt Thornton, who will be replaced by lefty Rich Hill, who is coming up from the Minors. Hill made his first appearance last night in the 11th inning of the second game of the series versus the Detroit Tigers. General manager Brian Cashman is continuing to improve the team by adding and subtracting different strengths and weaknesses to the roster.
Thornton was 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA. By waiving him, the Yankees will be relieved of his contract for the next year, while Thornton was claimed by the Washington Nationals. This gives opportunities to talented Minor League pitchers to come up and play in the MLB. The Yankees currently have 13 pitchers on their active roster.
In addition to these recent moves, Cashman also has to keep in mind the recovery and progression of starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka. Before Pineda can go back on the roster, he needs to be able to go full effort and throw 90 pitches. Pineda is scheduled to throw 75 pitches in a rehab start this Friday.
Tanaka is actively continuing with rehab. His most recent rehab on Tuesday involved him tossing the ball 50 times from 60 feet away. I think they’re being extra careful with him, since he probably has a better shot of getting back on the mound sooner than Pineda.
Cashman’s business perspective might just give this team the chance at a second wild card slot. The Yankees are two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for that slot, and if Tanaka returns sooner than later, they might have a better chance. It’s going to be a tight race and very difficult for the Yankees, but I know Cashman has the right perspective in mind while he’s still actively reconstructing the roster.
While Cashman is handling the business side of things, manager Joe Girardi is busy strategizing which players to use and where to put them. For now, the Yankees are still in their four day series with the Tigers, facing three Cy Young winners in three straight games. Talk about a battle…
Last night they faced newly added Tiger, David Price, in a very close game which sadly ended in a 4-3 loss for the Yankees. Tonight, they face the last of the Cy Young winners, matching up Justin Verlander with newly added Yankee Chris Capuano.