Saturday, June 6, 2015

Quick Hit: Why Not Chris Martin?

On Thursday night the Yankees GM Brian Cashman announced that the team would be in the market for right handed relief pitching at this year’s trade deadline after New York designated David Carpenter for assignment this week. New York currently boasts five left handed relief pitchers in their bullpen including closer Andrew Miller and Jacob Lindgren, Chasen Shreve, Chris Capuano and Justin Wilson. When I first heard the news I was a bit surprised because the first question that popped into my head is why not just call Chris Martin back up?

If you believe Martin, and that may be a stretch and an excuse and I do understand that, the injury occurred right around the time he became inconsistent in the bullpen. Martin pitched out of this world before that first series with the Tampa Bay Rays where supposedly the injury occurred. The injury is now fixed and rehabbed so why are we wasting his right arm in Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and not slowly putting him back into Joe Girardi’s Circle of Trust? Why does the team have two long relief pitchers in Capuano and Esmil Rogers anyway?

Too many questions and not enough answers unfortunately. 

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