The Yankees announced this evening that they have acquired veteran left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.
This is just the latest move by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who has added the likes of Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis, and David Huff as the club attempts to get by after a number of injuries in their starting rotation. Capuano originally began the season in a relief role with the Red Sox, but he was given his release at the end of June after posting a 4.55 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old quickly latched on with the Rockies and posted a 2.79 ERA over four starts in Triple-A.
A little depth never hurt anybody, but Capuano is known as a fly ball pitcher, which isn’t the best attribute in Yankee Stadium. Cashman figures to keep looking for upgrades on the pitching front in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And into August for that matter.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.