When Chase Whitley went down with an apparent elbow injury during yesterday’s 6-1 loss, the Yankees knew they had to make a decision on who was going to take Whitley’s spot on the roster. After the game, the Yankees announced Chris Capuano will take Whitley’s spot although they are unsure of when. Capuano can’t pitch until Sunday, which means the Yankees can call up a reliever so they aren’t playing a man short.
Whitley is scheduled to undergo an MRI this afternoon, but one of the main concerns is he could possibly need Tommy John Surgery. Whitley said he had dealt with discomfort in his elbow for quite sometime, but didn’t tell the training staff about it. Brian McCann figured there was something wrong with Whitley in last night’s start when his change-up was spiking and his fastball was erratic, prompting the trainers to remove Whitley from the game.
The tone in the clubhouse was somber, and not only did potential season-ending surgery put a damper on Whitley’s mood, it also dampened the mood of Whitley’s closest friend and teammate, Adam Warren.
“The first thought is Tommy John because it’s so prevalent,” Adam Warren said. “Just makes it more real when it’s somebody real close to you. It’s just one of those injuries, it’s hard to prevent. It’s a unnatural arm motion for your arm. I hate to assume the worst right away, but that’s the first thing you think about. That’s my concern, and I’m sure he’s worried about it too.”