Ian Clarkin was leading the Tampa Yankees rotation for the first month of the season after only pitching into June last year. Through five games this season he handled a 2.15 ERA through 29 1/3 innings pitched, giving up just seven earned runs off of 22 hits in that time. Clarkin was placed on the 7-day DL on May 4th after pitching 5 1/3 innings against the Dunedin Jays and only giving up a run. There was no information given for Clarkin’s DL stint, but it will come to an end next week.
Pinstriped Prospects learned from a source that Clarkin would be making his return to the field next Wednesday as the Tampa Yankees take on the Jupiter Hammerheads. Clarkin will be making his sixth appearance, and it could be one of his last in Tampa if he keeps pitching as successfully as he has. The main issue has always been injuries for Clarkin, but if he manages to stay clear of the DL following his return, the Yankees can finally start moving him up the system. He’ll join Albert Abreu, Josh Rogers, Taylor Widener, Zack Littell, and Erik Swanson in the Tampa Yankees’ rotation, following Domingo Acevedo‘s recent promotion to Double-A Trenton.