After Joba Chamberlain’s short four-inning appearance yesterday, the Yankees went to Brett Tomko in an effort to piece together the game’s final 15 outs. Tomko promptly allowed the first five batters he faced to reach and was yanked when he walked another with two outs in the inning. Meanwhile, the Yankees announced that Brian Bruney would make a rehab appearance in Trenton today. It sounds as though Bruney will need just one appearance to be game-ready, and the Yanks may be able to activate him as soon as Tuesday. While the Yankees could option David Robertson back to Scranton, if Brett Tomko is still around come the Nationals series, I will be both surprised and annoyed.
The Yankees need bullpen help now. While Damaso Marte — recipient of a very ill-advised three-year deal this past winter — heads south for a visit with James Andrews, Burney is the best internal candidate. The right roster move at to complement his return from the DL will involve the departure of either Tomko or Jose Veras, and Bruney’s return should go a long way toward alleviating our late-inning concerns.