If 20-year-old Manny Banuelos is going to be the Yankees' second lefty in the bullpen, the team would first transition him at the Triple-A level. With September a week away, what's the plan?
"If you asked me do I have plans, right now, that he is going to be called up?" Cashman said. "No, right now, I don't have plans that he is going to be called up. I don't expect him to be called up. It doesn't mean he won't be called up. It doesn't mean we won't look at it. Right now, his job description is to finish the season at Triple-A in the starting rotation. There are no current plans to transition him to the bullpen, but that doesn't mean that is not possible either. On day-to-day, week-to-week basis, we change our minds on a lot of things."
So basically, stay tuned.
Banuelos is still in play. By the way, in four Triple-A starts, he is 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in four starts and 20 2/3 innings. He has allowed 25 hits and walked nine. Looking at the numbers, he may not be ready.
As for Jesus Montero, he is at .284 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs. He could be a September callup, as well.
"I wouldn't do any reward stuff," Cashman said. "I will call up guys that can help us. I will call up guys to benefit the ballclub in 2012."