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Torre has plans for Octavio Dotel:
Through games played on Sunday, no relief pitcher in baseball has thrown more innings or pitches than Proctor, a 29-year-old who made the team out of spring training only because Aaron Small was on the disabled list.
Farnsworth is also among the most relied upon relief pitchers in the game. Proctor has pitched in 31 of the Yankees' first 61 games, Farnsworth 30.
"I don't want to put too much pressure on Dotel, but we need to get him working in that group," Torre said. "I need to be able to give Proctor and Farnsworth more time off."
Earth to TorreLand, come in TorreLand: Ron Villone has performed at least as well if not better than Proctor all year. It's OK to get him "working with that group."
Oh and before you guys start commenting about how useless ERA is for relievers (and for the most part, I agree) Villone has an identical WHIP to Proctor and better than Farnsworth. I could calculate their DIPS but quite frankly I'm feeling too lazy.
Suffice it to say there's no reason to blow out and more bullpen arms when you have a serviceable and thus far successful reliever in your pen who has a rubber arm and has had a better career than Scott Proctor.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 7:14 PM