I let out more than a few expletives yesterday. One minute, I was finding out that C.C. Sabathia was heading to the disabled list for a short stay, and on the next I hear about Andy Pettitte’s broken ankle. Almost instantly, the Yankees lost their dual aces, and replaced them with a struggling Triple-A B prospect and Freddy Garcia. I’m probably not the only Yankee fan who felt the rug pulled out from under me last night.

A few months ago, these developments would have been disastrous. Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes are going to have to carry the rotation for the time being, and the offense is going to have to compensate.

But really, these are Yankee fan problems. The team is solidly in first place, 5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, and 6.5 games ahead of Boston and Tampa. They’ve been unstoppable for a month and a half now. More than any team in baseball, the Yankees can give up some slack. Almost any other team in baseball would love to be in our position.

Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano are still hitting the crap out of the ball. The bullpen hasn’t missed a beat after Mariano Rivera’s injury. Hughes, Kuroda, and Nova all have their flaws, but are pitching deep, effective starts. Defense has improved. Brett Gardner will hopefully return soon. The Yankees are perfectly capable of maintaining their position.

About EJ Fagan

E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

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  1. Agreed. As soon as I heard that CC was only going to miss a few starts, I stopped worrying. It sucks for Pettitte but the Yankees can survive this and I’m actually glad that Garcia is going to get another look. He’s pitched well in his limited innings out of the pen and deserves another chance. Maybe they can even flip him at the trade deadline if he pitches well.