Yankees Daily Briefing 06/30/11

CC Sabathia was only on the Brewers for half of a season in 2008, but in those few months he put together a run seldom seen in today's game: an 11-2 record, 130.2 innings over 17 games, seven complete games, a 1.65 ERA and only one start against the Reds where he did not pitch at least six complete innings. On Thursday he'll face his former team, as the Yankees will try to complete their first interleague series sweep of the season. Milwaukee will have Randy Wolf (6-4, 3.20) on the hill.

Discussion of the Day: What sort of role do you expect Sergio Mitre to play on the Yankees in 2011?

1) Johnette Howard writes that David Robertson has taken over the job of the eighth inning set-up man.

With the injuries to Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano, Robertson has more or less been forced into the set-up role, but he has pitched so well this season that it's hard to argue he wouldn't have eventually found himself there, anyway. Robertson's allowed just four earned runs all season, and ranks third among all MLB relievers in strikeouts per nine. There are those who believe Robertson should be on the All Star team, and Robertson has certainly pitched well enough for the honor.

2) Daniel Barbarisi writes that the more injured the Yankees are, the better they seem to get. He notes that the Yankees are 27-12 since Rafael Soriano hit the disabled list, and have done even better since Derek Jeter, Bartolo Colon and Chamberlain got hurt.

While one can argue whether the Yankees really miss Jeter's offense or Soriano's pitching, it's almost impossible to argue anything other than that the Yankees miss the contributions from Colon, especially. While the Yankees have managed so far, Brian Gordon is not an adequate substitute for a number two starter (who was, in turn, replacing another number two), and the pitching staff has become thin enough for the Yankees to re-sign Mitre. After all, depth is a wonderful thing to have -- but the moment it needs to be used, it no longer exists.

3) The farm system's day was highlighted by another Phil Hughes rehab appearance.

Josh Norris and Mike Ashmore spoke at length with Yankees' senior vice president, baseball operations Mark Newman.

Triple-A Scranton lost to Norfolk, 2-1.

Addison Maruszak was promoted to Scranton from Double-A Trenton to make room for Melky Mesa.

Jesus Montero had one hit in four at bats.

Double-A Trenton beat New Hampshire, 3-2.

Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Corban Joseph and Austin Romine are all heading to the Eastern League All-Star Game.

Hughes pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits; he struck out eight and walked two, and hit 93 MPH on the gun 18 times. Ashmore has video of Hughes during the game, and his postgame interview as well.

High-A Tampa beat Daytona, 10-3.

Slade Heathcott returned from the disabled list, and in his debut with the Tampa Yankees had three hits in five at bats, including a home run, and struck out once. J.R. Murphy had one hit in four at bats.

Low-A Charleston split a doubleheader with Augusta, losing the first game 2-1 and winning the second, 9-2.

Gary Sanchez had a home run in three at bats in the first game, and a hit in four at bats in the second.

Short Season Staten Island beat Aberdeen 9-1, while the Rookie GCL Yankees beat the GCL Pirates, 8-7.