Game 75: Welcome Back, Youk (But Not Really)

There is some great information in today’s pre-game notes from the LoHud Yankees blog. I’ll do my best to distill the crucial information here, but I suggest you check it out in its entirety.

  • Russell Martin is sitting today due to back stiffness, but Girardi does not anticipate a prolonged absence
  • Brian Cashman expects David Phelps to rejoin the team fairly soon
  • Ryota Igarashi was recalled to take Andy Pettitte’s roster spot

For those of you who may be interested in prospecting, Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer will be making his Major League debut tonight, against the Atlanta Braves. I will certainly be bouncing back and forth between his half-innings and the Yankees game.

Onto the line-ups:

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
Alejandro De Aza, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Kevin Youkilis, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF
Adam Dunn, DH Alex Rodriguez, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rios, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C Nick Swisher, RF
Dayan Viciedo, LF Raul Ibanez, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS Eric Chavez, 3B
Gordon Beckham, 2B Chris Stewart, C
Dylan Axelrod, SP Ivan Nova, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on the YES Network.… Click here to read the rest

Analyzing the Betances demotion

Going into the season, it was expected that Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betance would be possible rotation options by midseason should injury befall a member of the Yankees’ starting 5.  Yesterday, the dreaded scenario occurred, as CC Sabathia was placed on the DL with a strained muscle in his leg and Andy Pettitte may be out for 2 months with a fractured ankle.  While Sabathia will be back after the All-Star break, Pettitte’s absence will leave a substantial hole in the rotation.

The Yankees will likely fill in with a combination of Freddy Garcia, David Phelps, and Adam Warren (depending on who is most effective), but it would have been nice to have one of their high upside options ready to make the leap.  Banuelos as we know has battled inconsistency and a back injury that has kept him on the DL for the past few weeks, and is likely not able to serve as a replacement anytime soon.  Betances has had major control problems in the past, but Yankee fans hoped he would be able to iron them out over the course of the 2012 season, and emerge as a possible rotation (or at least bullpen) option down the stretch.… Click here to read the rest

#YankeeFanProblems

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.… Click here to read the rest

Attempting To Put A Positive Spin On The CC/Andy Injuries

(Unless he’s praying to Mecca, that’s not a position you want to see Andy in.  Courtesy of Robert Sabo/NY Daily News)

 
(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Injuries suck.  There’s no other way to say it.  And the reminders that they’re “part of the game” and “every team is dealing with them” don’t make them suck any less when they happen to your team.  The Yankees have already dealt with their fair share of injury woes in 2012, and yesterday’s double-whammy of injury-related suckiness was even more woeful considering it knocked out the Yankees’ 2 best starting pitchers for at least the next 2-3 weeks and certainly much longer than that for 1 of them.  There’s no way for this situation to suck any less than it already does, but there are a few silver linings and maybe even a positive or 2 to be taken from this situation if I can spin things right.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest