• Igawa Scranton Bound

    Posted by on July 27th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    From the AP

    The New York Yankees sent struggling starter Kei Igawa to Triple-A Scranton and recalled infielder Chris Basak from the same club Friday.

    Igawa (2-3) was the losing pitcher in a 7-0 defeat at Kansas City on Thursday. He allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, a lackluster outing that raised his ERA to 6.79 in 12 games.

    The Yankees signed Igawa to a five-year contract on Dec. 27. The left-hander was 86-60 with a 3.15 ERA in eight seasons in Japan.

    “There is nothing he needs to work on other than consistency,” Torre said. “We took time explaining it to him and he’ll be reminded when he goes down there.”

    How many pitchers in Yankees history, to date, have made 10+ starts in a season and had an ERA of six or worse? Here’s the list:

    Shawn Chacon 2006
    David Cone 2000
    Kei Igawa 2007
    Ramiro Mendoza 1996
    Kevin Brown 2005
    Terry Mulholland 1994
    Tim Leary 1991
    Wade Taylor 1991
    Randy Keisler 2001
    Shane Rawley 1984
    Jaret Wright 2005
    Doyle Alexander 1982
    Bill Stafford 1963

    Nice company there for Igawa. Hopefully, he stays in Triple-A for the rest of the season and then is moved in the off-season.

    Comments on Igawa Scranton Bound

    1. MJ
      July 27th, 2007 | 9:21 pm

      And Chris Britton STILL can’t get called up? Torre haters have a right to lament his poor and illogical use of relief pitchers but this is strictly on Cashman’s head. Why trade for a young kid with a live arm and then bury him in AAA when he’s striking out more than a hitter per inning? What else does Britton have to do to get a shot in the Bronx? How does Chris Basak help the team? How many infielders besides Cairo and Shelley Duncan does the team need riding the bench??

      AARRGGH! Cashman pisses me off as much as Torre pisses off the haters on this site.

    2. Don
      July 28th, 2007 | 1:20 am

      Britton is on the DL.

      And at 6’3 and 280, he seems to be in dangerous territory.

    3. MJ
      July 28th, 2007 | 6:53 am

      You’re going to let his height and weight determine whether or not he gets called up? That’s preposterous. Roy Oswalt or Billy Wagner don’t look like a power pitchers at under 5’10” but here they are, blowing batters away. At least give Britton a shot before you dismiss him as not fitting your narrow image of what a major leaguer should look like.

    4. RICH
      July 28th, 2007 | 8:16 am

      Did you miss that Don wrote that Britton’s on the DL?

      He only went on recently, maybe he’ll be available soon when his abs (no joke)heal.

      You’re concerned about Basak who’ll probably be sent down when Hughes is brought up and you want yet another reliever? That’s redundant.

      With Britton unavailable who would you want brought up to replace Igawa until Hughes is ready? Being on the 40 man is helpful though not necessary since they could always cut loose Beam.

    5. baileywalk
      July 28th, 2007 | 11:13 am

      It’s actually too bad they didn’t keep Britton around when they brought him up and saw if he could duplicate that great relief outing he had in Chicago (I believe he ended up throwing three innings, giving up one run on a home run). If they got a longer look at him, they could have seen if he was good enough to replace Proctor, which would make it easier to trade Proctor (or they might have had more teams interested in Britton, who’s younger).

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