Thursday, April 28, 2011
Millwood's final audition tonight
By Wallace Matthews
Kevin Millwood, signed to a minor-league deal in March, gets his last chance to impress the Yankees enough to add him to their 40-man roster tonight, weather permitting. Millwood, who can opt-out of the deal if he is not added to the roster by May 1 (Sunday), is scheduled to start for the AAA Scranton Yankees against the Charlotte Knights. In two minor-league starts, one for Scranton and one for AA Trenton, Millwood has compiled impressive numbers -- 1-0, a 1.29 ERA and just two earned runs allowed in 14 IP -- but GM Brian Cashman did not sound especially encouraging about Millwood's chances of joining the Yankees.
Asked if he was considering Millwood for a starting job or in the bullpen, Cashman said, "I’m not looking at him in any way right now. He’s auditioning, obviously, as a starter, but I haven’t had any conversations about how he would or wouldn’t fit.''
And asked to give a report on how Millwood looked in his first two starts, Cashman merely replied, "I'm not gonna say.''
Other sources have told ESPNNewYork.com that Millwood's fastball has been clocked no higher than the mid-80s, a report Cashman refused to comment upon. "In fairness, let’s just let it play out, let him do his start and we’ll react to whatever we see and feel and go from there,'' he said.
If the Yankees were to add Millwood, they would owe him $1.5 million in salary along with a potential $3.5 million more in performance bonuses.