Were two starts above A-ball enough to prepare Chase Wright for the major leagues?
They may have to be.
Before the Yankees lost in extra innings in Oakland last night, Carl Pavano (surprise, surprise) became the latest Yankee to be bit by the injury bug when his next start was pushed back from today to Tuesday due to muscle soreness and spasms in his pitching elbow. Both he and manager Joe Torre told reporters last night that he expects to be ready to go on Tuesday. But if he isn't (and his history gives little hope that he will), the Yankees will need to call up a minor leaguer.
One of the possibilities, according to this Daily News report, is Wright.
Bringing up Wright would be the easiest logistically, as he's already on the 40-man roster, while neither of the other likely possibilities (Triple-A righties Steven Jackson and Tyler Clippard) are on it. While there is one open spot on the 40-man roster, are the Yankees ready to start the options clocks on either of those two?
Then again, both Clippard and Jackson have a full season of experience at the Double-A level and are already in Triple-A. And when the Yankees promoted Sean Henn directly from Double-A to the major leagues two years ago, he already had pitched a full season for the Thunder. And even then it turned out to be a disaster.
Jackson's next scheduled start is tomorrow; Wright and Clippard on Monday. If any of them get scratched from their starts, we'll obviously know what the Yankees' backup plan is.
The Yankees have already said Phil Hughes is not an option, and that's a smart move.