Brian Cashman confirmed today that Brian Bruney will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2008 season.
This is bad news for the Yankees and terrible news for Bruney. For a stretch last year Bruney was the Yankees most effective reliever. Still he was never trusted by Joe Torre and had an inconsistent second half of the year.
This year held a lot of promise for Bruney and he quickly gained the favor of Joe Girardi and became a guy who pitched with leads – only Joba and Mo were ahead of him in the bullpen pecking order. Even after one rough game, Bruney recovered well and seemed poised for a big season.
The Yankees have a ton of bullpen options waiting in the minors, so replacing Bruney is certainly plausible. But for Bruney personally, this one hurts. In some ways it reminds me of Andy Phillips last year when Phillips had finally established himself as the first baseman but then got injured.
Hopefully Bruney is able to make a recovery and be on the team next season.
[Brian Bruney will be a spectator now.]