Phil Coke — 3-2, 1.89 ERA (AAA)
Remember when Phil Coke was trotting out of the Yankee bullpen in the 2009 postseason? Well, now he is an option to take the mound in the first inning.
After a brief stint in the bigs this year that featured little success for the southpaw, he was sent down to Triple-A where he is being stretched out as a starter.
He has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his starts and, in fact, the only time he did falter was one of the two times he came out of the ‘pen. International League opponents are hitting a weak .202 against him, he is pitching to a brilliant 0.96 WHIP, and he is simply mowing down hitters.
This may not be the glamorous option, but Coke can likely provide five innings of strong baseball as a short-term solution.