At the very least, Joba Chamberlain will be out one game. At worst, it’s the rest of the season. So who can replace him in the rotation? Here’s a list of contenders in no particular order:
Darrell Rasner: Pros: He’s been starting, he’s basically on turn. Cons: They took him out of the rotation for a reason.
Ian Kennedy: Pros: He’s pitching well for Scranton. Cons: Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman can’t wait to dismiss him when you bring his name up.
Phil Hughes: Pros: Well, he’s Phil Hughes. Cons: He’s had two rehab starts and needs to extend his pitch count. He’s not ready yet.
Alfredo Aceves: Pros: Mexican League veteran has pitched well in minors since being signed. Cons: He has 21.2 innings of experience above AA.
Carl Pavano: Pros: Um, well … Cons: Teammates could walk out in protest.
Chase Wright: Pros: He has been pitched well this season for Trenton and Scranton. Cons: He got lit up like Times Square in the majors last season.
Kei Igawa: Pros: Unwanted, unloved, he has pitched well for Scranton. Cons: You just know he would talk the first two guys and give up a bomb.
Jarrod Washburn: Pros: He has been in a good groove and is a lefty. Cons: He’s a Seattle Mariner, so a trade has to be made.
Freddy Garcia: Pros: Throwing a bullpen today for scouts in Miami and is said to be close to ready to pitch. Cons: His own agent admits Garcia is not 100 percent recovered from shoulder surgery and will need rehab starts.
Eric Milton/Victor Zambrano: Pros: Once pitched in majors with varying degrees of success. Cons: They have yet to pitch in games this season as they recover from injuries.
Livan Hernandez: Pros, he eats a lot of innings. And hot dogs from the looks of it. Cons: He gives up a ton of hits. The Twins didn’t release him without reason.
Player magically acquired by trade: Pros: Well, sure, that would be great. Cons: The other 29 teams tend not to give their good starters away. Plus they know the Yankees are desperate.
Am I forgetting anybody?