In a move that should surprise no one after his five-walk and five-run performance in 0.2 innings, the Yankees have decided to designate Chris Capuano for assignment. Even after pitching over five innings last night, the Yankees chose not to option Diego Moreno. In order to get a fresh arm up with the team, Triple-A reliever Caleb Cotham will be added to the 40-man roster and promoted to the major league team.
Capuano is still due the pro-rated portion of the $5 million deal he signed in the winter to serve as the team's fifth starter. He began the season on the disabled list, but eventually rejoined the team and pitched to a 6.97 ERA (a 5.64 ERA not counting yesterday's fiasco) as both a starter and reliever. Obviously, he was pretty terrible, and with the organization's abundance of left-handed relievers, can easily do without him.
Cotham is a 27-year-old former fifth rounder from the 2009 MLB Draft, who could have been a serviceable starter if his career hadn't been wrecked by injuries. After a few poor seasons as a starter, the organization decided to convert him into a reliever and the results were spectacular. Cotham pitched to a 2.17 ERA with great peripherals in a 10.4 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 45.2 innings. This could be a great opportunity to prove himself at the major league level after years of seeming anonymity in the minors. Hopefully he gets a chance to pitch before eventually being sent down.
Perhaps the biggest news out of all this is the fact that the Yankees decided to keep Moreno on the major league roster. After burning his arm last night in order to save the bullpen, he could have easily been optioned back down to the minors. Instead, they decided to keep him on and could potential use him as the new longman now that Capuano is gone. It might be a few days before we see him again, but it will be interesting to see how Joe Girardi will use him from here.