Obviously there’s a lot to write today, but here are the nuts and bolts for right now.
What happened to Andy Pettitte?
Casey Kotchman’s sixth-inning comebacker hit him just above the left ankle. Tests revealed a broken fibula at the ankle. He’ll need roughly six weeks to heal, which likely means two months before he’ll be back on the active roster. For now he’s on the 15-day disabled list, but Brian Cashman said he’ll likely be transfered to the 60-day.
“Obviously it hurt, but I’ve been hit in the shin and that area so many times and have never had to come out of the game,” Pettitte said. “I was like, alright, it just got me in a good spot. I’ll just get on the mound and eventually it’s going to go away if I take enough time. It was bothering me in my warm-ups for sure, I just figured I could get through it. As soon as I threw that first pitch, I just had an awful lot of pain run all the way down into my foot. At that point, I felt like it might be something, but still it’s like, surely it’s not broke. Unfortunately, yeah, it’s fractured.”
What happened to CC Sabathia?
On one particular pitch on Sunday, Sabathia felt something near his left groin. He stayed in the game believing it was minor, but when it lingered during a bullpen session on Tuesday, he went for tests which revealed a strained adductor muscle. He’s likely to miss two starts.
“I tried to pitch through it, but that was probably the wrong decision to keep pushing it and ended up hurting it some more,” Sabathia said. “… I don’t think the side session (did any more damage) because it felt about the same as it did Sunday night. But I felt it on one pitch, I think it was the fourth inning, and just kept pitching and I probably made it a little worse.”
Who’s taking their spots?
Freddy Garcia will take Pettitte’s spot in the rotation and start on Monday. Adam Warren will be called up from Triple-A to start in Sabathia’s spot on Friday. Ryota Igarashi will also be called up to fill a roster spot. Both Warren and Igarashi will be here tomorrow. Warren will have to be added to the 40-man, but Cashman said he expects to open a 40-man spot by putting Pettitte on the 60-day.
“CC is due back right after the break,” Cashman said. “Andy, you’re talking about a minimum of six weeks of healing, and as a starter you have to get him going again, so I’ll throw two months in there in Andy’s case. We’ll just have to figure it out and see what happens. I would prefer not to go outside. Obviously if we do go outside, we’ve done that before. This is part of the process. You have to have alternatives. This gives opportunities for people to step up. Just like some guys in the bullpen have allowed us to step up and withstand some injuries — that’s what Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and Eppley have done — we’re going to have to ask for some other guys to do that for the rotation, as well. Let’s play it out and see where it takes us.”
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