Big news this morning. Yankees ace CC Sabathia is headed to the DL with a strained abductor muscle in his left leg and is expected to miss at least two starts, according to Mark Feinsand and Jack Curry.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Feinsand that he expects Sabathia back after the All-Star break and that he will use Freddy Garcia in the meantime. There is no word on whom exactly will take CC’s spot on the roster. Meredith Marakovits says the Yankees are leaning toward Adam Warren, but Ryota Igarashi is another option on the 40-man roster that seems likely.
Garcia certainly isn’t stretched out, but the other option the Yankees have, David Phelps, really isn’t either. He’s only pitched 5.1 innings in a pair of minor league starts since his demotion and just isn’t ready yet.
It might not be so bad having Garcia back in the rotation though. When he was removed his fastball was sitting in the 86-87 mph range and these days it is back up to around 90 mph. Also, in his last nine appearances since May, he has a 1.80 ERA, a 6.0 K/9, and just three walks in 15 innings while keeping batters to a .540 OPS against. It’s good to have that kind of depth.
Sabathia said he felt a twinge during his game against the Mets, but didn’t tell the Yankees about it until after his bullpen session on Tuesday.