Today was not a good day for the New York Yankees. It was learned this morning that C.C. Sabathia would be placed on the disabled list with a strained adductor muscle near his left leg. Sabathia is expected to only miss two starts. Then, later in the day, the Yankees lost Andy Pettitte to a broken ankle after he took a comebacker from Casey Kotchman of the Cleveland Indians off of his left leg. Pettitte is expected to be out at least six weeks as he will be on crutches and his foot will be in a boot.
The Yankees have not had very good luck this season when it comes to pitching. They lost recently acquired Michael Pineda to a torn labrum and he won’t be back until next season at the earliest. Then, they lost Joba Chamberlain, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, to a broken ankle after a trampoline accident. Then, Mariano Rivera went down with a torn ACL in Kansas City while shagging fly balls in the outfield during pregame warm-ups prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals.
Right now, it looks as if Adam Warren will be called up to take Sabathia’s turn in the rotation on Friday while Freddy Garcia will take Pettitte’s after Garcia came in today in relief. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has stated he would like to find a replacement in the organization rather than via trade at the moment. After Warren, the Yankees have D.J. Mitchell, Nelson Figueroa, and Ramon Ortiz at AAA and David Phelps is currently stretching his arm out down in Single-A Tampa, having pitched 3.1 innings last night.
Andy Pettitte had been enjoying a very successful comeback after a year away from baseball. He had posted a 3-3 record with a 3.22 ERA and striking out 59 batters in 54.2 innings while holding opponents to a 1.09 WHIP. He had been cruising against the Indians on Wednesday, striking out 7 in 4 innings while allowing only 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk. Pettitte should return in late August or early September but this injury certainly dampens the excitement surrounding his comeback. It will be interesting to see if Pettitte does in fact call it a career after this season now that he is dealing with yet another injury. In his eight starts this year he had proven he can still be an effective pitcher. It should be something to keep in mind moving forward.
In the meantime, don’t expect the Yankees to suddenly be in the market to acquire Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Cashman, as I said before, will exhaust all in-house options before looking outside the organization.