It was a year ago today that Roger Clemens popped up in George Steinbrenner’s box at Yankee Stadium and announced he was coming back to pitch for the Yankees.
If the gossip pages are to be believed, he then trolled for teenage country singers and bartenders. But that’s a different story for a different day.
The question today is who will the Yankees get to fill out their rotation this spring?
For now, it looks like Brian Cashman is looking within the organization. Darrell Rasner pitched well on Sunday and will stay in the rotation. Later on today, it’s expected they’ll announce that Kei Igawa will start a weekend game in Detroit.
If they aren’t viable going forward, there are other options.
Steven White is 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA for Scranton. He wasn’t around for long in the major-league camp during spring training but has pitched fairly well since.
Dan McCutchen is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA for Trenton. He has allowed only 28 hits in 38.2 innings while striking out 38 and walking eight. This guy is my pick to help them out of the bullpen in the summer but he could prove more helpful as a starter at the moment.
Chase Wright is 4-1 with a 2.95 for Trenton. He was in the majors last season, flamed out at Fenway Park then had a rough remainder of the season in the minors. He has bounced back this season but probably needs a few starts in Scranton.
Jason Jones is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA for Trenton. He has been with the Yankees since 2004 when he was a fourth round pick. He pitched well for Trenton at the end of last season but got squeezed out of the Scranton rotation.
Jeff Karstens has been down in Tampa rehabbing from a groin strain suffered in spring training. He is throwing off a mound but hasn’t started a rehab assignment yet. Once he’s healthy, he’ll probably get a shot.