During Sunday’s fourth inning, CC Sabathia felt some discomfort near his left groin. He never mentioned it to the Yankees until the pain lingered during Tuesday’s bullpen session. An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of his adductor muscle, which will leave Sabathia on the disabled list until after the all-star break.
“I talked to our doc and he was talking to me about the DL situation,” Brian Cashman said. “(Steve) Donahue was telling him CC was like, ‘Well, maybe miss a start, I don’t know about DL.’ I said, ‘Well start preparing, because I’m going there tomorrow and he’s going on the DL.’ I came in here and it was a one-way conversation. I did all the talking. I know what he wants to do, but this is what we’re going to do. You have to protect players from themselves. He’s a competitor and he wants to be out there. He feels he can pitch with it right now, but we’re not going to mess with it.”
Cashman said the injury is minor enough that Sabathia could pitch through it if this were the stretch run or the postseason, but in late June, there was no sense risking it. Assuming he comes back as soon as expected, he’ll miss only two starts.
“Dr. Ahmad said if we give him the 10-15 days, that’s going to heal and it should not be an issue,” Joe Girardi said. “… Obviously you don’t want to miss him, but he would have started against the Rays on Wednesday and then been off until after the All-Star break, anyway. You’re talking about him missing two starts. You could have tried maybe to have him not start this Friday and then have him start on Wednesday, but our thought is you’re risking him maybe missing 7-8 starts if he hurts it worse on Wednesday. He’s going to miss a start against the White Sox and Rays and that should be it.”
The team does not believe Sabathia made it any worse by pitching with it, and Girardi said he has no problem with Sabathia waiting to see how it felt during yesterday’s bullpen before saying anything.
“These guys, if they had an issue every time they felt something and came in and told me, they’d be in there every day and they would wear me out,” Girardi said. “I wouldn’t be able to take it. I’d say enough because I’d have 25 guys coming in. They know their bodies and he was smart. After the Tuesday bullpen session, he knew that it was something more than maybe just a twinge, and he came in and told us.”
• Girardi didn’t want to announce a planned move, but Cashman said the Yankees are planning to call-up Adam Warren from Triple-A and put him in a long relief role. “It’s a good way to bring Warren and baptize him that way,” Cashman said.
• Freddy Garcia will start in Sabathia’s place on Friday. Garcia will be able to throw 50 to 60 pitches. “I do believe his stuff has come back some,” Girardi said. Warren can essentially piggyback Garcia.
• There will be no roster addition today, there will be 24 players on the active roster.
• Standard off day for Derek Jeter. “Sometimes it’s a day game after a night game, sometimes it’s just rotating through the system,” Girardi said. “It’s just a couple different things you look at.”
• Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore back. “I’ll probably ask him a couple times during the game,” Girardi said. “I think you can tell by the way he’s moving around more than anything. He doesn’t like to come out, either.”
• Apparently there was some thought during yesterday’s game that Phil Hughes was throwing his slider again. Hughes said this morning that he’s been occasionally using a slightly lower arm angle and throwing a harder, tighter curveball that might look a little bit like a slider. It’s not a new pitch, just a different way of using his curveball. I know he’s done it in the past, and he said he’s been working on it the past six starts or so.
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