Will Bruney Injury Lead To Relief Acquisition?

Yankees reliever Brian Bruney still has an aching elbow, and he's scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.  Bruney's elbow issues date back to 2004, when he was Arizona's closer of the future (they eventually designated him for assignment in May of '06, allowing him to sign a minor league deal with the Yankees).

With Bruney out indefinitely, Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues thinks the Yankees need to acquire setup man in the coming weeks.  He speculates on Chad Qualls, Jose Valverde, Russ Springer, and Huston Street.  Other names to consider: Danys Baez, George Sherrill, Ron MahayMatt Thornton, and old friends Octavio Dotel and Tom Gordon.

There are plenty of internal options as well.  As Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger notes, the Yanks already have a tough Phil Hughes vs. Chien-Ming Wang situation in the rotation.  Wang will work out of the pen for now.  Plus there's the discussion Pawlikowski wanted no part of: Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen.



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