The New York Yankees came out and stated starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia will be out with an injury in his right knee until at least July.
Sabathia, generally the team’s pitching ace, never pitched less than 200 innings in a season since joining the team in 2009, dating back to 2007 when he was on the pitching staff for the Cleveland Indians.Fans cannot expect Sabathia to be the same workhorse they have seen out of him in previous years. Being a 200-game winner at the age of 33 has taken some toll on the pitcher’s body and it is showing. Prior to being placed on the DL, Sabathia was lacking with both his control and velocity.
With Sabathia originally being on the 15-day DL, that could have done some good for both the pitcher and Yankees. Sabathia could have relaxed and reinvented his game plan and been useful down the road for the Yankees. Now, with the news he may be out until July, GM Brian Cashman will have to find a way to land a starting pitcher with all the questions about the rotation looming around. This is true especially without Ivan Nova to give some relief after needing season-ending surgery.
Michael Pineda is expected to be back in June, but many wonder how he will fare for a whole season, as he did not pitch in a professional game in 2012 and 2013.
Masahiro Tanaka looks like the team’s early ace, but will that hold up after the All-Star Break when teams get a second, third or fourth chance to hit against him? Will he stay healthy for the entire season?
Cashman has to be looking into starting pitching for the team and quickly. Many expect some big names to hit the market, and if Cashman wants the team to have success, they will need pitching depth.