Monday, April 23, 2007

Not So Wright

Logic suggests that Chase Wright will be sent back to the Thunder when his services are no longer needed in New York. If that happens, his stay in the major leagues will consist of a win and a historically bad inning.

By giving up back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs to Manny Ramirex, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek in the third inning last night, he became just the second pitcher to achieve that dubious distinction in major league history, and the first since Paul Foytack of the Los Angeles Angels against Cleveland on July 31, 1963.

All told, it's tough to really complain about what Wright did in his major league call-up. He had made only two starts above Class-A ball before that, and he had to face a good lineup in the Indians and an outstanding lineup in the Red Sox, the latter in Fenway Park. Hopefully, he'll learn a lot from this experience and come back a better pitcher.

Wright being optioned back to Trenton sounds like a safe bet whenever the time comes. But there are two other questions the Yankees have to answer on the pitching front:

1. Darrell Rasner was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when Jeff Karstens was re-activated on Saturday. Does he go into the rotation or the bullpen? And if it's the rotation, who if anyone gets sent down here? Is it Steven Jackson, who got rocked by Ottawa on Saturday? Is it Tyler Clippard, who had a 5.14 ERA in his first three starts but dominated this level the final half of last season? Is it Ross Ohlendorf or Matt DeSalvo?

2. Ian Kennedy, the Yankees' top draft pick last year, has a 1.42 ERA in his first four appearances (three starts) for High-A Tampa. The numbers suggest he might be ready for Double-A. But even if he is, who would you move out of here to create a spot?

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