• Dr. Andrews, We Have Brian Bruney On Line One…

    Posted by on May 25th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Via Tyler Kepner

    …[Brian] Bruney is back on the disabled list, and he has an appointment Wednesday with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. It makes sense, because Bruney has already had an M.R.I. and an arthrogram, trying to find out why his elbow hurts. Nothing has turned up so far, but whatever is in there, Andrews will find it.

    It’s become a thorny issue for Manager Joe Girardi, who made it clear after Monday’s 11-1 win that he was not pleased with Bruney’s communication.

    “I just think he wasn’t totally forthright in how he was feeling,” Girardi said. “We’ve had many talks with him over the last couple of weeks about how you have to tell us exactly what’s going on. It could be that by rushing himself back, he’s never given himself the amount of time he’s needed.”

    No truth the the rumor, that, on his way down to Birmingham, Bruney was singing

    Blame it on the blues, got my ‘bow stewed,
    Blame it on the replay, hangin’ each which way.
    Blame it on the ump-a-ump-umpires…
    Blame it on the ump-a-ump-umpires…

    We’re beginning to see why the Diamondbacks were so willing to cut Bruney loose without a fight. Ditto that with Edwar Ramirez and the Angels and Jose Veras and the Rangers. But, perhaps the bigger issue here is the folly of Brian Cashman (and crew) to think the Yanks could populate half of their bullpen with these castoffs…

    It’s time now to say that “Operation Island of Misfit Toys Bullpen” this season is perhaps as big a blunder by Cashman as counting on “Pavano & Igawa” in 2007 and “Hughes & Kennedy” in 2008.

    Comments on Dr. Andrews, We Have Brian Bruney On Line One…

    1. yagottagotomo1
      May 25th, 2009 | 10:27 pm

      “We’re beginning to see why the Diamondbacks were so willing to cut Bruney loose without a fight.”

      Why? Bruney has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.3 WHIP as a Yankee. He lost 30 pounds to get better over the last few years. And Derek Jeter does what Bruney did all the time.

    2. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2009 | 10:42 pm

      Again: $187 million, top 14 players PLUS $200 million payroll cap.

      That boils down to seven minimum salary players on the 25-man roster.

      SEVEN (7).
      ================================================
      I’d assume if the injury to Bruney is serious, trades will be explored. BIlly Beane is standing by, waiting to give the Yanks Ziegler for, say, Jesus Montero.

    3. Evan3457
      May 25th, 2009 | 10:43 pm

      Or Austin Jackson.

    4. JeremyM
      May 25th, 2009 | 10:43 pm

      You do realize that most bullpens are made up of other team’s “castoffs,” right? And that players always think they can pitch or play through the pain, because you look like Carl Pavano if you don’t?

    5. Raf
      May 26th, 2009 | 12:12 am

      But, perhaps the bigger issue here is the folly of Brian Cashman (and crew) to think the Yanks could populate half of their bullpen with these castoffs…

      Yep, because MLB clubs NEVER EVER use “castoffs” in their bullpens.

    6. Raf
      May 26th, 2009 | 12:13 am

      I’d assume if the injury to Bruney is serious, trades will be explored.

      Why, when you have Robertson & Melancon waiting in the wings?

    7. Evan3457
      May 26th, 2009 | 2:09 am

      Raf wrote:

      I’d assume if the injury to Bruney is serious, trades will be explored.
      Why, when you have Robertson & Melancon waiting in the wings?

      I don’t think either one is quite ready to assume the 8th inning role under the pressure of having to win just about everyday to satisfy organization, media and fans.

      What’s more, I don’t want them to have to; not at first, especially as command at the big-league level has been an issue for both, so far.

      Let them work the middle innings; the Yanks can fiddle with Aceves and Coke and Marte in the 7th and 8th for awhile longer yet. Then, when Robertson and Melancon have their legs under them, they can try them in key roles again.

    8. Raf
      May 26th, 2009 | 7:12 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I don’t think either one is quite ready to assume the 8th inning role under the pressure of having to win just about everyday to satisfy organization, media and fans.

      They’ll be fine, let them pitch

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