The Yanks wrapped up their weekend roster moves this afternoon and now find themselves with a righty-heavy bullpen. Billy Traber, after proving that a lefty can’t always get out other lefties, finds himself heading from Cleveland to Scranton, and Shelley Duncan makes his triumphant return to the Bronx.
For the Yanks, the bullpen now contains a bunch of hard-throwing righties and LaTroy Hawkins. While a few folks will be dismayed at the Yanks’ seemingly non-traditional approach to the bullpen — Where’s the lefty? Where’s the long man? — as long as these guys throw strikes they can get out lefties and righties. Plus, they’ve managed to survive without a strike-throwing lefty, and they haven’t really been burned by the lefties. It’s no different today than it was yesterday.
The Yanks, meanwhile, face back-to-back lefties, and I guess today’s the off-day for the lefty hitters. While C.C. Sabathia and his Cy Young Award go tomorrow, Jeremy Sowers will be making his 2008 debut against the Bombers. Bobby Abreu, Robbie Cano, Hideki Matsui and the switch-hitting Jorge Posada all find themselves on the bench today.