One of the misfit toys the Yankees used in the rotation last year — Sergio Mitre — was eligible for salary arbitration. He and the team have avoided that, as Jerry Crasnick reports that he and the Yankees have reached a deal for 2010 at $850,000.
Mitre had a $1.25 million club option that the Yankees declined. He was 3-3 with a 6.79 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances in his
return from Tommy John surgery last season. He has a
career ERA of 5.56 in 61 starts and 29 relief appearance.
With the addition of Javier Vazquez and the commitment to Joba Chamberlain and/or Phil Hughes in the rotation, Mitre looks like he’ll be a mopup man at best.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.