According to Brian Hoch of MLB.com, Brian Cashman has no intentions of upgrading the New York Yankees’ bullpen while David Robertson is on the DL. This is the correct decision on Cashman’s part. In addition to the fact that the Yankees don’t have the budget to make such a move, the current bullpen has done a fine job without Robertson as its anchor.
Entering the season, many were skeptical of New York’s bullpen because it is composed of many young, unproven arms. 11 games into the season, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral have a combined 0.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched. The season is still young, but that’s about as good of a start as you could ask for.
David Phelps hasn’t been quite as dominant, but he too has stepped up when the team needed him. With Robertson and Warren unavailable in Thursday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Phelps recorded the final seven outs of the game, cementing a 4-1 victory and earning the first save of his career.
Shawn Kelley is more than capable of assuming the closer role. He already has one save, and though he allowed two runs against the Baltimore Orioles last Wednesday, those were the only two runs he’s given up in 4.1 innings pitched. It was a tough loss for sure, but one bad outing isn’t enough to throw in the towel on Kelley and look for a replacement.
New York’s bullpen has done a fine job thus far in Robertson’s absence. The sooner he can return the better, but the relievers the Yankees currently have are more than capable of keeping the team afloat until that time comes.