Let’s let history be our guide here. When Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield got injured in the spring of 2006, everybody clamored for Brian Cashman to make a move.
He did, about six weeks later when he obtained Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle for four middling prospects. The price went down and Cashman made his move on July 30.
That could be the way he approaches this problem. The Yankees have eight days off between now and July 24. They will need a No. 5 starter on only four occasions. That gives Cashman roughly six weeks to make a trade.
Four starts? You can weather that. That assumes Pettitte, Mussina, Chamberlain and Rasner do their parts. The Yankees also should get a boost from their offense.
Don’t panic. Let the man do his job.
The Yankees knew yesterday that Chien-Ming Wang had a significant injury. That was the opinion of trainer Gene Monahan and Dr. John Duggan, the doctor who examined Wang. If you read the newspapers, it was no secret.
“We were bracing for bad news,” Cashman said.
So why didn’t the Yankees just say so on Sunday? “We’re calling it a sprain,” Joe Girardi said at the time.
It’s just silly and leaves Girardi looking foolish. Injuries happen, it’s nobody’s fault. Just tell your fans what happened. What is the downside?