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Bruney, Hinske added; Guzman, Cervelli off

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 28, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just released their World Series roster and RHP Brian Bruney has been added, along with pinch-hitter Eric Hinske. Pinch-runner Freddy Guzman and third catcher Francisco Cervelli were removed.

Dropping Cervelli indicates the Yankees may be scrapping the A.J. Burnett/Jose Molina pairing, and sticking with Jorge Posada behind the plate in every game. Adding Hinske makes perfect sense because pinch-hitters will be needed in the NL park when pitchers have to bat.

Bruney was left off the roster in the first two rounds but pitched in instructional league games in Tampa during the ALDS before traveling with the team for the ALCS. He last pitched on Oct. 2 (one scoreless inning against the Rays). With the potential for short-rest starts (and thus, potentially shorter starts) in the World Series, an extra arm in the bullpen is more valuable to the Yankees than a third catcher.




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