The roller coaster that the Yankees’ bullpen has become continued it’s up and down ride today. Matt Daley’s pinstripe tenure has briefly come to an end. According to Bryan Hoch of Yankees.com, Daley was optioned to Triple-A earlier today.
Daley, the soon-to-be 32-year-old right-handed reliever, is best known as the guy who replaced Mariano Rivera in his last game at the Stadium. His brief debut with the Yankees last season went exceptionally well. Daley went 1-0 without allowing a run to cross the plate while striking out 8 and walking no batters. His 2014 stint did not go the same way.
Daley came into the game on Saturday against the Rays already down big. He replaced the injured Ivan Nova hoping to keep the Yankees in the ballgame. Instead, Daley imploded allowing six runs to cross the plate (although just four were earned) on five hits and two walks in just 1.1 innings of work. He couldn’t register a single strikeout on Saturday, whereas last season he struck out 1.3 batters per inning.
Daley has the goods to succeed in the majors and this most likely won’t be the last we see of him this season. The Yankees’ bullpen continues to be a work in progress. If Daley can work out the kinks at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, we should see him in pinstripes again before the end of the season.