“After the game last night, CC complained that his knee was hurting,” Girardi said. “His landing knee, his right knee. He hadn’t mentioned anything to us before that. He said a few previous starts, he would feel it on one pitch, but it was something that he’s dealt with for a while, so he didn’t have a need to say anything to us. Yesterday it got bad and it swelled up after the game, so he had an MRI. … He said that for the most part, he didn’t feel it much. He would feel it a pitch here, a pitch there. But he said last night as he started throwing some balls in the dirt, yesterday was difficult.”
With Sabathia on the disabled list, the Yankees have lost 3/5 of their starters, leaving Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka as the last two men standing. Michael Pineda is ways away from returning to the Yankees and Ivan Nova is done for the year with Tommy John Surgery.
“Obviously it tests your depth and it stretches you,” Joe Girardi said. “The two guys that we brought in so far have done a pretty decent job. Phelpsy had the one start. Nuno’s done OK. It’s going to be tested further now.”
– Just so there’s not all bad news here, Shawn Kelley is available from the pen. He had been battling with a back issue for the last few games but he gave Girardi the OK that his back is fine.
– Girardi implied Alfredo Aceves will take Sabathia’s start against the Mets, and will stay away from him in the pen for that reason.
– Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts are both out of the lineup today, so the lineup looks pretty light, especially around the middle of the order. Girardi admits it’s weird, but he took this as an opportunity to rest his players.
“It’s a little strange,” Girardi said. “But as I said, we have a day game after a night game, we have a stretch that we’re going to be home a lot and the DH is going to come back into play. You want to keep everybody going, and Ich is swinging the bat extremely well. So all those factors kind of lined up.”
– Here’s today “Stat Pack” stats, which looks ahead at the Subway Series!
1) On Monday, the Yankees and Mets will play the first of four games against each other this season… after defeating the Mets in their final meeting in 2012, lost all four matchups in 2013, marking the Yankees’ longest losing streak to the Mets over any stretch in the history of this series… are 17-11 against the Mets since 2009… IN 2013: Went 0-4 against the Mets, getting swept, 0-2, at both ballparks… IN SEASON SERIES: Are 8-3-6 in all-time season series between the clubs (only losses 2013, ‘08 and ‘04)… AT YANKEE STADIUM: Are 13-3 in home season series all time vs. the Mets (did not play them at the original Yankee Stadium in 1998), losing in 2013 (0-2), 2008 (0-3) and 2005 (1-2)…are 9-5 against the Mets at the current Yankee Stadium, outscoring them 75-48 and out-homering them 26-10.
2) Derek Jeter is Baseball’s all-time Interleague leader in hits (347) and runs scored
(195), and is sixth in doubles (55).