May
13

Girardi confirms Chase Whitley will start on Thursday

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As expected, right-hander Chase Whitley will start Thursday’s game in place of the injured CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi announced. Alfredo Aceves has pitched in relief in each of the last two games, taking him out of the running. The Yankees will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Whitley, but that won’t be difficult. Aceves can dropped from the roster and Bruce Billings (forearm) could land on the 60-day DL.

Whitley, 24, had a 2.39 ERA (1.72 FIP) in 26.1 innings across six starts and one relief appearance for Triple-A Scranton this year. He was originally drafted as a reliever and spent most of his career in the bullpen, up until late last season. Whitley has not thrown more than 88 pitches in a start this season (more than 78 pitches only once), so it’s probably not reasonable to expect 100+ pitches out of him Thursday. Given the current state of the pitching staff, he has a chance to stick around for a while if he pitches well.

Categories : Asides, Pitching

8 Comments»

  1. forensic says:

    And so begins the career of the next great Yankees homegrown pitcher!

  2. dc1874 says:

    Preston Clairborne..Chase Whitley… whose next Thurston Howell ??

  3. Bo Knows says:

    what is the the reports on whitley, velocity,types of pitches thrown?

  4. Donnybaseball72 says:

    With only 11 pitchers on the current roster my guess is Almonte will be optioned to make room for Whitley.

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