Yankees Manager Joe Girardi told reporters before today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers that the results of an MRI on CC Sabathia‘s right knee last night came back showing inflammation/fluids and swelling, but luckily no tears; Sabathia will be placed on the 15-day DL, and Girardi hopes the 15 days will be all he needs.
In the meantime, RHP Matt Daley has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton, with Alfredo Aceves the likeliest choice to take Sabathia’s spot in the rotation. Although, it should be noted that Chase Whitely was scratched from his Triple-A start today. No reason was given why, but the Yankees could call him up as the long-relief arm with Aceves moving to the rotation.
Whitely is currently not on the 40-man roster, so the Yankees would have to make some moves to get him to New York for Monday’s game against the New York Mets.
The starting rotation was the Yankees’ biggest strength heading into the season with the acquisition of Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda finally being healthy. However, with Ivan Nova done for the year because of Tommy John surgery out until at least June because of a back injury, the rotation is now a major, major concern.
To put it into perspective how quickly things have gone to hell for the Bombers, here’s what the rotation looked like on April 19th, and what it looks like now.
April 19: CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda
It really shows how much Tanaka’s signing means to this rotation right now, as he has been easily the best starter on the club this season. He took the win on Friday, improving to 5-0 on the season.
Yes, it’s tough the Yankees will be without Sabathia for the next two weeks, at least, but at the same time, his performances lately suggest they probably won’t miss him as much as they should. Sabathia’s awful start to the season has seen some glimpses that he can still be a quality starter, but the inconsistencies have not helped those claims.