Moving on from Black Wednesday

First of all, the injury to Sabathia at least doesn’t sound that serious. He apparently suffered the injury during his last start Sunday night, but wasn’t forced to come out of the game by it, and he pitched a full bullpen session on Tuesday before telling the coaches and trainers about the issue. It was said yesterday that Sabathia didn’t even want to go on the disabled list at all, but Brian Cashman didn’t give him a choice. Meanwhile Joe Girardi said that the plan is for Sabathia to miss just two starts and come back after the All-Star break. So, while it’s most definitely unnerving to see Sabathia going on the disabled list for the first time in his tenure with the Yankees, it sounds as though that move is a precautionary one as much as anything else, and if all goes according to plan it won’t affect the team in more than a fairly small number of games.

Of course, Pettitte’s injury, which is likely to keep him out for at least 6-8 weeks, is quite another matter. But one way to look at it, at least if Sabathia’s time out is kept to a minimum and the rest of the team’s starters continue to pitch well, is that the Yankees just need to find another fifth starter for a couple of months to keep the spot warm for Andy. And with Freddy Garcia, Adam Warren, and David Phelps all in the mix within the organization and a very good bullpen and offense to support them, there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be able to slog through the time Pettitte has to miss.

The most obvious thing the Yankees have going for them right now, though, is positioning. Thanks to their incredible run of late, the Yankees currently have a five game advantage in the loss column over the second place Orioles, and a seven game advantage over both the Red Sox and Rays, so if nothing else they do have plenty of room to fight a war of attrition in the A.L. East over the next month if they have to. And they’ve done this despite both the team’s mediocre performance through the first six weeks of the season and the heavy amount of injuries they’ve already had to overcome. So, yes, yesterday was a horrible, rotten, awful, no-good, very bad day, but it also wasn’t any sort of death knell for the Yankees’ season, and I dare say that, even now, the team is in a better position relative to the rest of the A.L. East than they were in at this time last season.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

4 thoughts on “Moving on from Black Wednesday

  1. "the big story of the day was the injuries suffered by both C.C. Sabathia."

    I'll grant you that CC is a rather large man, but I think you're being a little harsh on him.

    On a serious note, Andy's injury should also help keep his 40 year-old arm fresh, which probably isn't the worst thing in the world.

  2. You can never have enough pitching. That statement emphatically proven true.

    It will be interesting to see who steps up this year and I am pulling for Warren or Phelps as we need solid, young, affordable pitchers to replace Kuroda and probably Petitte next year. A year ago we would have thought we'd be talking about Betances, Banuelos, or Brackman in this situation. The killer "B" plan looks more like the killer busts with Betances demoted, Banuelos on the DL, and the Yankees apparently losing on the gamble on the Brackman since they let him go.

    In one month it will be interesting to see where we stand as Aardsma, Chamberlain and even Feliciano are pitching off a full mound right now.

  3. You can never have enough pitching.

    Nonsense, Of course you could have too much pitching just like you can have too much of anything. You're making a generalization based on a scenario where many pitchers got hurt. Suppose no pitchers got hurt but both of your catchers did and you had no good replacement in AAA? Wouldn't you have been better off carrying one less pitcher and a third catcher?

    Don't forget that there is a limit to how many players can be on your reserve list. If you carry too many pitchers at the expense of reserves at all the other positions you can end up in as bad shape as you would be if you lost a pitcher or two.

    Like most time-worn baseball cliches, "you can never have too much pitching" does not bear close inspection.