Yankees Suffer Two Big Injuries
Yankees got bad news before Wednesdays game as it was found out C.C Sabathia suffered a strained adductor muscle which is near the groin and it will force Sabathia to miss his next two starts. Sabathia was 9-3 on the season with 105 strikeouts and a 3.45 ERA. Sabathia first felt the injury against the Mets in the 4th inning. If the Yankees were in the stretch run, he would be pitching through it but they don’t want to risk a major injury. They would rather him miss two starts.
The Yankees will be bringing up Adam Warren from Triple A to take Sabathia's start on Friday against the White Sox. Adam Warren is 5-5 in the minors with a 3.86 ERA and will get a crack at the majors with at least one start.
The big injury blow for the Yankees was suffered in the 5th inning of the game against the Indians when Andy Pettitte took a line drive off the ankle, fracturing it on his left leg. Pettitte threw a couple pitches and gave it a go, throwing one game pitch but was clearly in to much pain as Girardi then pulled him. The injury put Pettitte in a walking boot but they said he wont need surgery. He is expected to miss at least six weeks as most people are figuring for a late August, early September return. Pettitte was 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA as he was pitching great in his comeback season.
Freddy Garcia, who was originally going to be taking Sabathia's start on Friday, was needed to pitch in Wednesday's game and pitched well. Garcia went 2.1 innings, not allowing a run and picked up the win in relief. Garcia, who had an awful start to the season in the rotation, has been better in the bullpen. He is 2-2 on the season with a 6.39 ERA. Garcia was in the Yankees rotation last year and was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA which lead to him being re-signed and Yankees will hope he can pitch like last year to fill in for Pettitte.
If Garcia and or Warren struggle, David Phelps seems like the logical choice to get the next crack at the rotation as he was sent back to the minors to stretch his arm out more. Phelps had two spot starts already for the Yankees this year and also pitched in the bullpen, giving him 33.2 innings pitched in the majors this year with a 1-2 record and 2.94 ERA.
The A.L East is one of, if not the best division in baseball with all teams over the .500 mark. The Yankees will need to get C.C back soon and have someone step in for Pettitte, who has been pitching great, or it might force Brian Cashman to make a trade before the deadline in July.