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Yankees to skip Javier Vazquez's next start

Aug 24, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

With the right-hander getting lit up because of a dead arm that has him looking more like a Triple-A journeyman than one of the game’s top strikeout pitchers, the Yankees are finally ready to do something about Javier Vazquez. He’ll have his turn skipped this week, and he’ll be available to work out of the pen beginning Wednesday.
Vazquez last pitched Saturday, when he gave up four runs over three innings in a no-decision against the Mariners. It was the third straight outing in which he failed to last five innings. He’s 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA and seven homers in 16 2/3 innings over four starts in August.
The Yankees will give 23-year-old Ivan Nova a chance to pitch in Vazquez’s place when he faces the White Sox on Sunday. Picked over Dustin Moseley then, Nova allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Jays on Monday. It was his first big-league start after two relief appearances back in May in which he combined to pitch three scoreless innings.
We’re still probably a couple of weeks away from figuring out whether Vazquez can be written off for the rest of the season. The arm fatigue clearly wasn’t going away while he was starting every five days. Maybe some time off will help. But unless he regains a few mph on his fastball, he’s not going to be a part of the Yankees’ postseason roster.

  1. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    If the Yankees want to hold off the Rays they’ll find a reason to put this guy on the DL the rest of the season and pitch Nova or one of the other youngsters down the stretch.

  2. SouthofHeaven - Aug 25, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Nova & Mosely >>>>> AJ & Javi.

  3. John_Michael - Aug 25, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Ivan Nova, if he pitches well, will be called ‘Super Nova’ by all in sports media. I call Cheeze Whiz on that nick name before it happens.

  4. SouthofHeaven - Aug 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    And if the Yankees win the World Series, and he gets sprayed with champagne, will he be a champagne super nova?
    I’m so, so sorry.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Aug 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Hated to see Javy struggle in his return to the Bronx, while in the National League he was an innings eater and was a slid back of the rotation guy. Some guys just can’t cut it in NY!

  6. Ari Collins - Aug 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    So hard to tell the trolls from the genuinely naive, these days. Either way, I’m pretty sure the loss of velocity this year and the injuries he pitched through in the second half of ’04 have more to do with it than the bright lights and tabloids. Remember his first half in ’04? When he was amazing and made the All-Star team? I guess the NY Effect takes 3 months sometimes to start doing its thang.

  7. YANKEES1996 - Aug 25, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    I remember his 04 first half and it was good, he did pitch through injury in the second half of 04 and that was the cause of his struggles. This year he has never gotten on track,a couple of good outings but the rest have been sub-par performances when you compare them to the type of pitcher he was in the NL. Sometimes when a guy returns to a team where he didn’t play well, either in his mind or the minds of the fans or pundits it tends to put additional pressure on him, some players can deal with it and some can’t. I’m not sure it is the entire reason Javy has struggled this year but to think it has nothing to do with it is foolish. Based on his pitching performances in the NL, I think it is naive to think that the injury he had six years ago when he pitched here has anything to do with his 2010 performances.

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