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Throughout the season, the New York Yankees bullpen has been plagued with multiple injuries.
Between Rafael Soriano missing a majority of the 2011 season because of shoulder inflammation and Joba Chamberlain undergoing season ending Tommy John surgery, the Yankees weren't so lucky in regards to their bullpen.
Thankfully for the Yankees, missing their main relievers has not put the bullpen in jeopardy. Luis Ayala (1.64), Hector Noesi (3.50) and David Robertson (1.23) have each stepped up on the mound.
Have you noticed a pattern with each of these pitchers? That's right, they are all right-handed.
At the moment, the Yankees only have one left-handed reliever, Boone Logan (2.67). Although Logan has shown promise this season, he needs help, especially with the playoffs just around the corner.
The best answer to their solution would be to bring back left-handed relievers Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte, who have both been on the DL since before the start of the 2011 season. With three left-handed pitchers in the bullpen who are each strong and healthy, the Yankees will be unstoppable during the playoffs.
Both pitchers have pitched during a rehab game in Tampa against the GCL Tigers. Feliciano allowed no hits and struck out one hitter in one inning. Unfortunately, Marte did not pitch as well. In two-thirds of an inning, he allowed six hits, six runs, no walks and no strikeouts.
Of course, it is understandable for Marte to not pitch well his first time out, especially since the last time he pitched was over a year ago. However, with both of these pitchers back in our bullpen, it will be a change securing our victory against the Red Sox in October.