Yankees Designate Chris Capuano For Assignment

After not making it out of the first inning during his start last night, left-handed swingman Chris Capuano has been designated for assingnment by the New York Yankees, as announced by the team via Twitter. Right-handed pitcher Caleb Cotham has been called up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.

Capuano, 36, took the hill for the Yankees against the Texas Rangers last night and the results were not pretty. In just two-thirds of an inning pitched, Capuano allowed three hits, five walks, five earned runs and did not strike out a batter. He was relieved by right-hander Diego Moreno, who along with Adam Warren went on to no-hit the Rangers for 8.1 innings in a 21-5 rout.

The gruesome outing brought Capuano's season numbers to 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA in 31 innings through 16 games (four starts). The Yankees did not sign Capuano to a one-year, $5 million contract in the offseason expecting him to be an ace but rather their fifth starter. It ultimately ends up as one of the more disappointing contracts of the offseason.

A 12-start audition that yielded a 2-3 record and a 4.25 ERA last year for New York earned him that contract. As a reliable, if not unspectacular pitcher throughout his career, the 11-year veteran has always been able to give his teams a chance at victory. But an injury in Spring Training limited Capuano and caused him to miss the start of the regular season. Upon his return, his aforementioned 2015 statistics showed he never got into his groove.

For his career, Capuano has a 76-91 record with a 4.34 ERA pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and now the Yankees. Despite his ineffectiveness on the year, a team in search of pitching depth will likely give him a shot. With one less starter on the team, the Yankees, who have been rumored to be looking for another starter, could increase their pursuit for an arm.

Cotham, a 28-year-old reliever and former starter, will join the Major League team. Thus far in 2015, the former fifth round pick in 2009 has pitched in both Double-A and Triple-A in the Yankees system. He boasts a combined 2.17 ERA in 27 games and 45.2 innings across both levels. He has struck out 53 batters. Standing at 6'3", weighing 210 pounds, Cotham is a large athlete who is profiled to throw in the low-to-mid 90's with his fastball. He also throws a heavy sinker and a slider in the low 80's.