If the New York Yankees continue to hit like they did in their last game, they won’t need to worry about their injury-plagued rotation.
New York hopes for another big day at the plate Wednesday when they continue their three-game set with the Cleveland Indians.
Starters Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano are on the disabled list, along with prospects Jeff Karstens and Humberto Sanchez. Andy Pettitte and rookie Kei Igawa, who will take the mound Wednesday, are the only two left from Yankees’ original projected starting rotation.
“We’re as banged-up as you can get,” Pettitte said. “We’re just going to have to tighten the chin strap a little bit.”
The Yankees (6-6) called up Chase Wright from Double-A Trenton to make his big-league debut on Tuesday, and he threw five solid innings in a 10-3 victory. He also got plenty of help from the offense as Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Doug Mientkiewicz each homered.
Rodriguez and Posada, who hit his 200th career homer, each drove in three runs. Rodriguez, who owns a 17-game hitting streak dating to last season, leads the majors with eight homers and 21 RBIs and has recorded an extra-base hit in all but one of his 12 games this year.
“Just not trying to do too much,” he said when asked about the key to his big start.
Igawa (0-0, 7.84 ERA) will look to give the Yankees another strong outing and earn his first major league win. The Japanese-born left-hander gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings of the Yankees’ 11-inning, 5-4 loss at Oakland on Friday, rebounding after allowing seven runs in five innings in his major league debut on April 7 against Baltimore.
New York paid just over $26 million for the right to negotiate with the Igawa and signed him to a $20 million, five-year contract on Dec. 26.
“You could see he was nervous,” Torre told the Yankees’ official Web site about Igawa’s debut. “He pitched much better in Oakland before giving up a couple of runs late.”
Cleveland (6-4) will go with Jeremy Sowers (0-0, 2.08), who allowed one run in seven innings of the Indians’ 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Milwaukee on Thursday. He did not give up a walk after issuing a career-high five in his season debut against the Chicago White Sox on April 5.
Sowers, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 draft, earned his first career win in his only previous start against the Yankees on July 3, allowing two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory.
Travis Hafner went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI Tuesday for the Indians, who lost for the second time in five games. Cleveland has failed to score more than four runs in any of its last six games.