With the Yankees' bullpen in a state of disarray, manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Ron Guidry have decided to rearrange the team's starting rotation.
With an off-day on Thursday, New York will insert Chien-Ming Wang in between Jaret Wright and Shawn Chacon. Wright and Chacon have had trouble getting deep into games in recent weeks, leaving the bullpen overworked on back-to-back days.
The rotation shuffle makes some sense. However, someone please let Ron Villone know that the bullpen is overworked. Over the past two weeks, he's pitched 2.1 innings over three games, and did not appear in the Nationals series. Oh, and of course, no earned runs allowed over that span. Due to the "overworked bullpen" and Rivera and Farnsworth not being available on Sunday, Joe Torre said during the pregame that Villone was "the closer" for the rubber match, and yet when Wang entered the ninth inning with a one run lead, Torre of course had Scott Proctor and Mike Myers warming in the 'pen.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 4:28 AM