Crosby's injury and the lack of roster flexibility have made this an issue, so I thought I'd share my take to get started...
Though in most cases I firmly believe the team should carry 11 pitchers, I agree with 12 at this point of the season for a few reasons:
- We have three starters out of five who are not proven commidities at the big league level. Therefore, the chances of them getting rocked in certain starts is higher than in previous years.
- Harden has a blister problem that could flare up at any time. (Ask Josh Beckett) This has the potential to strain the bullpen.
- Who do we remove from the bullpen at this point? Dotel, Calero, Cruz, the Duke, and Rincon are givens in my mind, leaving Street and Yabu. If we decide to trade Dotel in the summer, we need Street to be ready to take over. As for Yabu, his guarenteed salary keeps him aboard, and we may need someone to pitch for several innings at a time for the reasons I listed above.
If Crosby won't be able to go for a few days, I think he should be put on the DL so Scutaro will be avalible.