Injuries have effected the New York Yankees for most of the 2014 season. The starting rotation has faced the brunt of it with four of their five starters going down since opening day. The Yankees have been picking up, promoting and plugging pitchers into the rotation for most of the season. One player who was given a chance, is Yankees rookie Shane Greene. Greene has responded with a strong 3-1 record and a solid 2.89 ERA.
When the Yankees picked up Chris Capuano from the Rockies in late July, they needed to shuffle their rotation, once again. Fellow rookie, Chase Whitley was sent to the bullpen and righty Chris Leroux was designated for assignment. That cleared the way for Greene to remain in the rotation and he has reacted well to the vote of confidence that he received.
On Thursday against the Tigers, Greene had his finest Major League performance. Greene threw eight plus shutout innings to pace the Yankees to a 1-0 victory. Greene scattered five hits, walked three and struckout five, on pace to his third career win. ""It's awesome, they gave me an opportunity and I'm just trying to make the most of it," Greene said."
The Yankees who have juggled their rotation for most of the season, have a 13-7 record since the All-Star break. "You start to get on a roll and it's kind of like hitting. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Greene has been an important part of a re-tooled Yankee rotation that has kept them in thick of things in the AL East. Greene's performance capped a four game series where the Yankees battled, Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander. The Yankees won three out of the four games and Greene's win, clinched the series for the Yankees.
"That's probably the best four starts we've had in a row all year long," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They knew who we were facing, and they weren't the guys who were being talked about. But they went out and did the job; that's what's really impressive to me."
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