2009 Stats: 3-3, 6.79
Sergio Mitre pitched for Girardi when the latter was manager of the Florida Marlins. Not surprisingly, Mitre later needed Tommy John surgery. While Girardi is very good about not overusing his relievers, he has no problem making his starters, regardless of age or injury history, throw 200-300 pitches per inning. It's known as the Nolan Ryan Philosophy of Pitching. Girardi really likes Mitre, so expect him to end up in the bullpen, at the least, in some role. Besides, Girardi owes it to Mitre for ruining his arm. While Mitre's numbers were not impressive, they do show that just about anybody can be a .500 pitcher if they have the Yankees hitting behind them.
Mitre, working out of the 'pen, will throw about 120 innings . . . by late May. Then his arm will literally fall off. The grotesque scene is replayed countless times on television. Mitre weeps.
Little Known Mitre Facts:
Mitre is an accomplished motivational speaker. He once told a group of young kids that if they work hard, they too can achieve their dreams of having elbow surgery while somebody else picks up the bill.