The Cavalry is coming, and not a moment too soon for the beleaguered Yankee bullpen. After an initial setback, Brian Bruney has passed every test with flying colors and according to the Yanks MLB site it appears that he will join the team as early as this coming Tuesday vs the Orioles.
NEW YORK — Reliever Brian Bruney is scheduled to throw for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, and he could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen for Tuesday’s series opener against the Orioles.
“I think that’s realistic,” manager Joe Girardi said, “if he feels good and throws the ball well.”
Bruney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow flexor on April 25, and he came through bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday with no reported problems.
Bruney, who has been New York’s usual setup man, said he threw close to 100 percent in Friday’s 35-pitch session and was confident in how his arm feels.
“I feel as good as I can right now,” the reliever said. “I was getting after it [on Friday].”
Bruney’s impact on the bullpen cannot be overstated. Once you have a reliable 8th inning man, it takes pressure off the other guys since he can come in to bail them out. He can also be called on earlier in games, to put out fires in key situations against the heart of the opposing team’s lineup. Bruney allows you to use the rest of the bullpen guys in the situations for which they are best suited, instead of trying to get multiple innings out of guys like Alby, Edwar and Veras and overexposing them.
Blogfather Peter Abraham has some additional injury info as well. He writes:
UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: Brian Bruney will head to Scranton and is scheduled to pitch an inning tomorrow. If that goes well, he will likely be activated on Monday or more likely Tuesday. … Sounds like Xavier Nady will head to Tampa in nine days when the team goes on the road. Spoke to Jose Molina, who was on his way to the cages to hit and throw. He said his leg feels better but he’s still a week or so away from going to Tampa to ramp up his rehab.
Tell Jose to take his time, I’m loving this Cervelli kid. The pitchers are all raving about him as well.
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