The question was answered today in terms of who was coming off of the 40-man roster. Kei Igawa had his ticket punched and is headed south of the border to Tampa. Interestingly enough, he'll be down there the same time as Clemens, and may have the opportunity to spend some serious time with him. Maybe he'll be able to see and learn first hand the work ethic and preparation that Clemens puts in and what you have to do to make it big in the big leagues.
On another note today - the Yanks lose a game that was in hand and set up perfectly. Bull pen did not hold (again), and Rivera, one out away from shutting the inning down, gives up a homer (again) - Frustrating. I think DeSalvo should have been given the opportunity to win the game, stay in longer, he deserved it. Baby and nurture the players when down on the farm, let them play like a big leaguer when in the Bronx. (Obviously, after the Hughes injury, there's no way they would not have a strict pitch count for him)
It is more than worthy to note that the Mariners' run in the 8th was bull shit as the 2nd base ump decided that when you get tagged two and half fee away from the bag - you're safe. At least for tonight's game anyway.
DeSalvo continued to perform as if he was still in Scranton. 7 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Earned. I think the numbers look better than he performed, but he was able to get himself out of the jams he put himself in and he did deserve the win and got it done for the full 7 - good job. Now that Igawa is gone, perhaps both he and Rassner will get a shot to stay longer term and given further opportunities to make a positive impact on this club.
And on a final note - is there a more perfunctory player right now than Bobby Abreu? The guy is cold. He had two golden opportunities to show he could get it done and he didn't leaving 6 men on base. Bases loaded, two outs, he grounds out. In the ninth, Jeter on 2nd, 2 outs, just make contact and he'll come home and tie, and what does he do? Because he has no confidence, no heart to win when it really counts, and is about as much of a man as Paris Hilton, he watches a pitch right down the freaking middle for a called strike three. Great job Bobby, way to go down like a chump. Maybe he needs a couple of days off to locate his manhood.
Bad way to start the week.