You'll know the Yankees are desperate when ...
Six years ago, the Yankees used their 20th-round draft pick on a Creighton senior named Pat Venditte. In the years since, Venditte has posted a sparkling 2.44 ERA, all in the minor leagues. Venditte, in fact, has never even been added to the Yankees' 40-man roster.
But of course what really sets Pat Venditte apart is that he pitches with both his arms.
He doesn't throw hard with either arm, which has rendered him a non-prospect. He turned 29 a few weeks ago, so he's never going to be a prospect. What he might still be, though, is a major leaguer. He's enjoying his most impressive pro season, allowing just two homers in 52 innings (split between Double- and Triple-A). Oh, and the Yankees seem to get more desperate for pitching every day. They've used 26 pitchers already, which means they're going to finish the season using well north of 30 pitchers. Maybe 40!
Is there really some good reason why Venditte can't be one of them? For at least a moment?
If not, we'll just have to pin our hopes on the next ambidextrous phenom.