Yankees GM Brian Cashman Confirms Justus Sheffield Will Pitch for The Yankees This Season

Inquisitr Staff

In an interview with Mike Francesa, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield will be on the Yankees roster this season, and he will pitch. Cashman wouldn't give a date when the promotion from AAA will happen, nor would he comment on what Sheffield's role would be once he arrives. As reported by NJ.com, Cashman said he was unsure if Sheffield would start or come out of the bullpen.

Given that C.C. Sabathia is currently on the DL for what is expected to be a short stint, many analysts and fans thought Sheffield would be taking his spot in the rotation now instead of Luis Cessa who pitched poorly against the Rays in his start. Staff ace Luis Severino has had a string of bad outings that have seen his ERA balloon past 7.00 for his last few starts, which is a point of concern. Cashman conceded that he could be dealing with fatigue, a confidence issue, or possibly both.

Prior to Severino and Cessa both struggling to get outs, the smart money was on Sheffield going straight to the bullpen where he could be used in the same way that David Price was in 2008 when Tampa Bay called him up at the end of the season, adding him to the pen ahead of David Roberts, and potentially Zach Britton, before turning it over to Aroldis Chapman. This would mean that any starter who made it six innings with a lead would stand a good shot at getting a win. It's a formula the Yankees developed in the '90s that has been so successful that nearly every team tries to emulate it.