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Yankees playing it cautious with Melancon

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

That no-good Tyler Kepner beat me to it on
Bats, but Brian Cashman had some interesting things to say about Mark Melancon yesterday.

The right-handed reliever has been dominating the Eastern League at Trenton. In 12 appearances, he has allowed 19 hits and eight earned runs over 32.1 innings with six walks and 30 strikeouts.

But the Yankees plan to leave him there a bit longer. Melancon, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has not worked consecutive days all season. He also is being used for multi-inning stints with the idea of further developing his changeup.

“We’re going to be very cautious with Mark,” Cashman said. “I’m not saying he’s not (going to be in the majors) but I wouldn’t have him on your fast track, either. We just want to make sure we’re doing right by the player.”

Need often trumps desire when it comes to the Yankees. The Yankees said last season that Phil Hughes would spend a significant part of the season in Triple-A and he was called up in April.

I get the feeling the Yankees regret rushing Hughes. Perhaps this is why Melancon is being handled so carefully. The injury rehab also plays a role, of course.

Melancon is the set-up man of the future. But that future remains a bit away.

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Our man Alfredo Aceves is having his Triple-A debut delayed by a slight groin pull. No word yet on when he’ll chuck it for Scranton.

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