With Joba Chamberlain on the DL and likely headed for Tommy John Surgery, the Yankees need bullpen help in a hurry. But GM Brian Cashman ruled out the possibility that any of the so-called Killer B's --Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Andrew Brackman -- would be getting the call-up anytime soon.
"That's not our plan now,'' Cashman said in the dugout before tonight's Yankees-Red Sox game.
Cashman ruled out Banuelos and Brackman on "performance'' issues, and Betances because he has not pitched above AA. Currently, Banuelos, who turned 20 in March, is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA for the AA Trenton Thunder, but Cashman said, "He needs better fastball command. His stuff's great but he's not throwing as well as he's capable of throwing. So he's not an option on performance alone.''
Cashman had similar things to say about the 6-10 Brackman, a former No. 1 draft pick who is 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA for AAA Scranton and has lost five in a row. "He hasn't pitched well,'' Cashman said.
One name that has been mentioned is right-hander Adam Warren, who is 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA for Scranton, but although he was not reluctant to name the pitchers who were not in contention, Cashman refused to name any who might be.
"We’re talking about some guys,'' Cashman said. "But unless and until we do it doesnt make sense to talk too much about it. Let those guys keep throwing and we'll continue to talk internally, and if we promote somebody we’ll talk about who they are and why we did it.''