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Inside the spring-training roster: Starters

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

40-man roster players: Andrew Brackman (injured), Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Jeffrey Marquez, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano (injured), Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang, Kei Igawa, Jeff Karstens, Humberto Sanchez (injured), Steven White, Chase Wright.

Non-roster invitees: Alan Horne, Daniel McCutchen, Darrell Rasner.

Competition: Pettitte, Wang, Mussina, Hughes and Chamberlain are almost certain to be with the team when camp breaks. Chamberlain could start as a reliever, which would likely put Kennedy on the roster. Look for a comeback from Mussina, who doesn’t want to end his career on a down note.

Don’t Sleep On: Karstens was injured most of last season but had a great fall with Team USA. He has been in Tampa for nearly a month now and could emerge as a long reliever/spot starter.

Promotion possibilities: Igawa was a bust last season but the Yankees will give him every chance to contribute. He could need some more work in Scranton. The Yankees are saying that Marquez, Horne and White could help out the major league team in the bullpen.

Youngster of interest: Horne could be the next Joba in terms of emerging as an important player late in the season. A first-round pick of Cleveland in 2001, he diidn’t sign. Three college stops and one Tommy John surgery later, he was taken by the Yankees in the 11th round in 2005. He emerged last season, posting a 3.11 ERA in 27 starts for Trenton. He’s projected to start the season with Scranton. Horne throws four pitches with bite but lacks command at times.

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