The In-House AdditionsPosted: May 31, 2011
Take a look at this week’s poll on the right. The three options provided are all weaknesses in the Yankees heading forward and all worth addressing to give the team the best chance of winning. But instead of making trades and giving up prospects, the Yanks will be getting three players from the disabled list who can be plugged right in and make an immediate impact.
The first is Phil Hughes. Hughes had an awful start to the season. His fastball experienced a decrease in velocity and when coupled with his inability to locate, he was killed and now has an 8.54 FIP. They put him on the disabled list and as it turns out he has a sore shoulder/elbow with a lot of inflammation (I think it’s from the large amount of innings he threw last season) and has been given a lot of rest.
He has now started throwing off a mound and says he feels great. On Sunday he started throwing curveballs and change ups and still felt good. He will throw another bullpen on Wednesday and if all goes well he will be throwing BP over the weekend. He continues to make big strides and we could see him back in pinstripes in late June. This could be a nice boost to the starting rotation and would give them an extra starter. I’m not sure what they would do, but it’s always better to have a surplus.
Next is Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano was signed to a two year deal this past off-season as a lefty specialist, but tore his shoulder capsule and is now trying rehab his way back. Things are going well so far, but we’re still not sure if he will throw a pitch this season. But still there is a chance he could be back in July or August which has to give us hope.
Boone Logan hasn’t been very effective against lefties this season as his split reads 1.33 K/BB, 1.09 HR/9, .314 BAA, 1.68 WHIP, and a 4.61 FIP. These numbers have forced Brian Cashman to go out and sign Brad Halsey and Randy Flores to minor league deals. Feliciano could be a big boost in the regard as he take a lot of pressure off of Logan and maybe cause the team to only carry one long relief man instead of a ridiculous two.
Lastly, it’s The Eighth Inning Guy Rafael Soriano. Sure Soriano got off to a tough start this season only throwing one 1-2-3 inning (that came on Opening Day), but he still has the potential to be a game-changer. He takes pressure and workload off of David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain and allows Joe Girardi to keep more arms fresh as the playoffs roll around.
I am not saying he needs to be perfect, but if Soriano can do near what he did last season, he would be a big boost and games would be over essentially after the sixth inning if the Yankees have a lead.
Sure there are a lot of options to fill all of the voids that the Yankees have all around baseball and sure there are a lot of trading partners out there, but let’s not forget that we have a few cheaper just as effective options already under contract who we will be getting back at a convenient time to make a run.