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The forgotten few on the 40-man roster

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Shelley Duncan was called up yesterday, it gave the Yankees a roster of 34 players. They’re carrying 16 position players and 18 pitchers.

So who’s not here?

There are six players on the 40-man roster who have not been called up. They are:

Andrew Brackman: Evil genius Scott Boras insisted Brackman be on the 40-man roster when he was signed. So far, all he has done is take up a lot of space. Brackman was a hideous 2-12 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.706 WHIP for Single-A Charleston. He walked 76, hit 10 and threw 26 wild pitches in 106.2 innings. The good news: He pitched well in relief at the end of the season and his surgically repaired elbow feels fine. But he turns 24 in December and the clock be ticking.

Anthony Claggett: He appeared in two games for the Yankees earlier this season. Once the Scranton season is over, he would appear to be a candidate to get called up.

Wilkin De La Rosa: He had a biceps tendon issue and hasn’t pitched since early last month. There would seem to be little chance of his getting called up.

Christian Garcia: The oft-injured right-hander appeared in only five games for Trenton before requiring elbow surgery.

Ian Kennedy: He had surgery in May to remove an aneurysm from his shoulder. He has been throwing in Florida and will pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Juan Miranda: Still in Scranton, the big first baseman from Cuba has had his path blocked by Mark Teixeira. Perhaps the Yankees can trade him this winter. He had an solid season (.290/.369/.498) for Scranton. But he is listed at 26 and is probably older.

If the Yankees wanted to call any other player up, they would have to first create room on the 40-man roster. That’s easy enough to do.

More likely, they’ll invite some young guys to hang around and work out for a few days. They’ve done that the last few years.

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