Do you know who made the fifth-most starts for the Yankees last season?
It was Sergio Mitre. He started nine times, the same number as Chien-Ming Wang. In 2008, it was Sidney Ponson. In 2007 it was 21-year-old Phil Hughes edging Kei Igawa by one start.
Point is, this has happened before and it will happen again. Until Andy Pettitte was hurt on Sunday, the Yankees rotation had been remarkably healthy and consistent, but dealing with a rotation injury is par for the course in a baseball season. Brian Cashman seems to have told just about every Yankees writer — including myself — that Pettitte will be out four to five weeks. He was careful to call that number, “my guess,” but whatever the exact number, this doesn’t seem to be a one- or two-start situation.
Cashman took it a step farther when talking to Wallace Matthews…
“Right now, I’m not inclined to make a move,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork. “I always prefer to fix things from within.”
With Cliff Lee traded and Roy Oswalt having another year on his contract, I’m not sure there’s an obvious front-line option out there. For now, Mitre will get the ball again.
Another thing to keep an eye on: Ivan Nova is scheduled to start tonight for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pure speculation, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see his turned skipped so that he can give the Yankees an extra long man for a few days. That way they could save Chad Guadin and Dustin Moseley to give them innings behind Mitre.
If the Yankees are thinking shorter options, there’s Jonathan Albaldejo and Romulo Sanchez, each of whom pitched last night, suggesting they are not in line for a promotion.
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