Capuano To The Rotation, More Moves To Come

As many of you already know, Chris Capuano was added to the big league roster yesterday at the expense of Chris Leroux.  In a somewhat surprising decision, Joe announced that he would work out of the rotation rather than the bullpen.  Capuano is getting the start this afternoon while Shane Greene gets bumped back a day and Chase Whitley moves to the bullpen. I call the decision surprising because Capuano had his greatest success this year out of the bullpen in Boston.  That said, he does have a solid track record as a Major League starter and he had pitched to a 2.79 ERA with 21 K in 19.2 IP over 4 starts in the Colorado system before being traded.  More than anything, I think this move was driven by the desire to get Whitley back to the bullpen as a way to manage his innings.  He's closing in on 90 IP for the year, a mark he hasn't reached since 2011 when he was still a full-time reliever.

The addition of Capuano to the roster leaves the Yankees with 4 lefties on the pitching staff for the moment, 3 of them in the bullpen, and the safe assumption is that we'll see another move today or tomorrow to send one of them (probably Jeff Francis) down and call up a position player.  With Teix reportedly out through the weekend, the Yanks are working with a 2-man bench and that's less than ideal.  Zoilo smacked 3 HR the other night.  Maybe he'll get another shot.