Amid speculation that a catcher (Chad Moeller) might soon be promoted to the active roster, the Yankees have once again opted to call up a relief pitcher from the minor leagues. According to the LoHud Yankees Blog, Romulo Sanchez is in the Yankees clubhouse awaiting activation. Sanchez, a hard throwing righty, was starting down in Scranton. In five starts, which included one stinker against Syracuse, Sanchez had an ERA of 6.48 with 22 strikeouts and 14 walks in 25 innings. In other words, he doesn’t really seem ready for the big leagues. About the only thing that recommends him for the promotion is he last started on May 1, meaning today would be his normal start.
Basically, it appears as if Sanchez will serve as an insurance policy should Phil Hughes be knocked out early. Because Greg Golson was demoted to make room for Sanchez, it also seems to suggest that Posada and/or Pettitte may not wind up on the DL after all. It does, however, seem to imply that Pettitte will in fact miss his next start. Otherwise, both Mitre and Aceves could have been counted on to cover for an early Hughes exit.