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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Pregame notes: Who's left in the bullpen?

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees’ bullpen numbers over the past two games are absolutely atrocious: 9 IP, 21 H, 15 ER.

On Saturday, manager Joe Girardi will be unable to use David Robertson (out 5-6 days with shoulder tendinitis), Boone Logan (MRI pending on bicep), Shawn Kelley (triceps inflammation, threw a bullpen) and probably will not have Joba Chamberlain (pitched the last two days) and Preston Claiborne (also pitched the last two days).


That means Girardi’s pen will consist of Mariano Rivera, Dellin Betances, Brett Marshall, Cesar Cabral, Adam Warren, Matt Daley, Jim Miller, who was just promoted, and Phil Hughes. Quite the crew.

Girardi would like David Huff (16 IP, 2 ER in six games with New York) to give them distance in his first start as a Yankee, but who really knows what to expect of him. He’ll be on a pitch count of about 90-100. Girardi said Marshall is the long man, and the Yankees will just have to piece it together.

The bridge to Rivera was pretty much solidified when Girardi had all his relievers healthy. Now? Not so much.

Kelley said he didn’t feel anything during his bullpen. He thinks he could pitch Saturday, though Sunday is more likely. No corresponding roster move has been made for Miller.

On the season, the Yankees rank sixth in the American League in bullpen ERA (3.51).

• Girardi said it’s just a day off for Alex Rodriguez, given day game after night game. Eduardo Nunez gets the start at third base because he’s been swinging the bat well recently. Nunez is 6-for-12 with three RBIs in his last four games.