“The way I understood it, there were only a few fibers left,” Girardi said. “So maybe he had a couple pitches left and it would have been completely gone. It was the right choice on his part.”
While it was the right choice, it also put an end to what was a promising year for the young right-hander; he had a 4.19 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings of work after taking Masahiro Tanaka‘s spot in the rotation following a forearm and wrist strain.
Whitley is expected to be out for the next 12-18 months, which means he could return towards the end of the 2016 season.