There’s a new rule that allows teams to replace an injured player in the middle of a playoff series.
There are a few catches, however.
A pitcher can only be replaced by a pitcher and a position player by a position player. Also, any player replaced cannot play in the next series.
So if the Yankees want to, they can replace Roger Clemens with another pitcher.
The idea was “under discussion” as we left the Stadium last night. Frankly, I’m not sure why they wouldn’t do it. Clemens is certainly done for a week or two and probably for good. There is no chance he could pitch again this series.
The Yankees would seem to have four options: Chris Britton, Ian Kennedy, Edwar Ramirez and Ron Villone.
IPK has been working out in Tampa but did get the weekend off to get married. He’s clearly the best of the bunch but has never pitched in relief. He also hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 13.
Britton, Ramirez and Villone have stayed with the Yankees since the end of the season and have been throwing bullpens. There are pros and cons for each of them. Frankly, none should be trusted in a big spot.
My call? Ramirez. He could probably strike out a guy or two if needed. Villone being left-handed is tempting, however.
Once we get the news today, I’ll pass it along.