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...
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.…

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