All the e-mails and comments about the corresponding roster move the Yankees had to make to activate Brian Bruney made me think about just how different things have turned out in the bullpen as compared to the Yanks’ original plan.
Remember when Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras, Damaso Marte and Bruney were supposed to form the cliche “bridge” to Mariano Rivera? So far the only one that’s actually been good is Bruney, and he’s now coming back from a injury-forced layoff.
Marte? He’s gone and almost forgotten. Someone asked Joe Girardi yesterday if he had an update on Marte’s progress and Girardi paused for a second, then said, “No.” Good thing Marte is only signed for another two years.
Veras? He’s given up 12 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings and gives off the safety and security of lighter fluid.
Ramirez? He’s back in Scranton after walking 15 in 17 1/3.
I know some critics believe this is the year that Rivera will finally falter but for me, the bigger problem is – and probably will always be – just getting him the ball.
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