Ron Marinacio ready for more after Yankees debut – The Mercury News

Ron Marinaccio found himself living in a dream that was quickly turning into a nightmare. First called from the bullpen on Saturday evening, he made a sprint from right field and was on the mound he’d dreamed of working on as a kid growing up in Toms River, NJ. He was making his major league debut . He played Trevor Story, the first hitter he faced in the big leagues, and started Bobby Dalbeck with his fifth straight ball.

“A ton of adrenaline, for sure,” Marinachi said of the moment. “This one moment is about as special as I could come across and it’s the Yankees-Red Sox, so I’m glad I killed two birds with one stone and got it out of the way.”

Sensing the moment, Anthony Rizzo, 26, went to the mound with a handful of clichés.

“Trust your stuff, you’re here for a reason, all cliche,” Rizzo said as he tried and relieved the rookie.

In the dugout, pitching coach Matt Blake was debating whether to go out to settle Marinacio down, but Yankees staffers saw enough of his makeup during the spring to know he could handle it.

“I love his makeup so I knew he would recover,” manager Aaron Boone said after the game. “It’s a big moment. I’m sure those were the nerves.”

He fought back to attack Dulbec and fielded Jackie Bradley, Jr., and knocked out Christian Vazquez.

Marinacio has the ball from his first strikeout in the big leagues, but it probably won’t be his last. The Yankees added him to the 28-man roster this spring, knowing he needed depth this first month of the season after lockout-shortened spring training.

“I think it could be in the ballpark of 25 to 30 (pitchers), I think we were close to that number last year, and I think to be realistic we’re going to need a lot of depth throughout the year “Whether it’s in the starting rotation or it’s off the 40-man in the bullpen,” said Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake. The quality of pitching depth we have at Man. We think we have young players who have one or two pitches that can really help us.

“And so here they are.”

Marinacio embodies the depth of pitching that Blake and the Yankees have been counting on to solidify a bullpen that is turning into their greatest weapon at the start of this season. On Friday, the reliever had to bowl seven after Gerrit Cole went in just four innings. On Saturday, the bullpen bowled six hitless innings and in two matches, the Yankees relievers allowed one earned run in 13 innings.

The bullpen is largely the reason why the Yankees lead 2-0 in Sunday night’s series finale against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s certainly been a tremendous force for his team for a while and we certainly think there’s a chance this year will be like that,” Boone said. “Obviously in this month of April where you know, you have to lean on them to go out and the way they’ve spent the first two nights here is to set the tone against a really good offensive team . . . you know, they are capable of it. But it’s nice to see them as sharp as they are.”

Along with the short spring training, MLB allowed teams to add up to two additional players to the active roster for the month of April. The Yankees used their spots to add two additional pitchers because of their concern that starters were not being built. That could change, Boone said ahead of Sunday night’s game, but knowing he has the quality depth of pitching available here—or in Scranton—like Marinacio and lefty JP Sears will be his strength throughout the year.


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