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Pregame notes: Sabathia expected to miss two starts

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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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34 Responses to “Pregame notes: Sabathia expected to miss two starts”

  1. Warning Track Power June 27th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Cashman and the Yankees are making the right move by placing C.C.
    on the DL.
    I’m excited to see Warren piggyback with Garcia.

  2. BD (Boston Dave) June 27th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Didn’t Jack Nicholson piggyback on the Chief so he could escape the “Cuckoos Nest”?

    Warren is in good company.

  3. UnKnown June 27th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Seems to be a minor issue that will hopefully go from minor to nonexistent concerning CC.

  4. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    blake June 27th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    This will be CCs first missed start since April of 2006……incredible.

    —————

    That’s absurd.. especially for someone who isn’t even an Ace. :P

  5. BD (Boston Dave) June 27th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    p.s. I almost puked at work when I first saw “CC to DL” headlines so I’m really happy it’s nothing major

    Glad the Yanks are steamrolling the league so they can be cautious here. If they were 6.5 out, they might feel pressure to start him, or at least it would be more impactful to lose two CC starts

  6. bruceb June 27th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Six weeks ago, this would have been billed as a disaster. But now that the rest of the rotation has found their stride, it’s just a minor bump in the road. CC could probably do with the rest anyway. Hopefully, he will come back better and stronger after the ASB. It will be interesting to see whether Freddy can step up to the plate. Just goes to show, you can never have enough pitching.

  7. blake June 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Absolutely the right decision with CC.

    Would like to see Warren…..glad Jeter is getting a day off……interesting on Phil’s breaking ball…..hes definitely missing more bats and fooling more hitters wirh the harder variation

  8. Warning Track Power June 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    bruceb-
    I don’t know what to expect from Freddy. With only 50-60 pitches in that right arm of his, that could total 4 innings maximum and maybe 2 innings minimum.

  9. LGY June 27th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “It’s a good way to bring Warren and baptize him that way,” Cashman said.

    ——–

    Translation: He’ll sit in the bullpen for 2 weeks, probably make one appearance, and get sent back down.

  10. blake June 27th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    “That’s absurd.. especially for someone who isn’t even an Ace.”

    Lol seriously ….Imagine how durable hed be if he were a #1!

  11. blake June 27th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “Translation: He’ll sit in the bullpen for 2 weeks, probably make one appearance, and get sent back down.”

    Baptism by firepine.

  12. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    Now boarding: The CC Sabathia Freak Out Train. Stand clear of the closing doors, please.

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    Damnit, I think I just got DFA’d! Found a red tag on my laptop!

  13. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Blake – Lol

    I do think it’s funny that the writers that send tweets by the second then laugh at the fan base for being reactionary (as if that’s not the point). The news comes out in trickles… “CC to the DL” “CC with abductor strain” “Check that, groin strain” “CC out for 2 starts”..

  14. bruceb June 27th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Warning Track Power

    You’re right. Could be as little as two innings if he gets into early trouble. Hopefully, Freddy will be fired up to face his old team, the White Sox. Don’t see why he can’t go 75 pitches but I guess his recent inactivity will mean the Yanks err on the side of caution.

  15. Nick in SF June 27th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The road to 18+ wins for CC just got a little windier, but I remain optimistic. :shock:

  16. Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Nick – Not as windy as its gonna be after CC finsishes off his late night White Castles

  17. Warning Track Power June 27th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hughes threw 111 pitches last night. I hope this means the 100 pitch count number
    is not something to be afraid of.

  18. munson15 June 27th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I guess I missed something, but when did Phelps fall out of favor ?

  19. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Nick – Not as windy as its gonna be after CC finsishes off his late night White Castles

    ————–

    I’m already eying my next complaint: The Yankees dietitians! If CC wasn’t deprived of his Cap n’ Crunch none of this would have ever happened.

  20. blake June 27th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    “I guess I missed something, but when did Phelps fall out of favor ?”

    Dont think hes totally stretched back out yet….

  21. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    You have to admit that there is high comedy on these boards, especially when it’s the same people posting the trade solutions, conspiracy theories on who’s to blame for the injuries and the “Girardi doesn’t like catchers who can hit” BS. If you don’t believe that writers glance at the competition from time to time, you’re missing the boat. I’m sure that between these same posters, day after day and the idiocy of the trolls, they see humor. these posters deserve to be laughed at.

  22. Nick in SF June 27th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t have any season-long wager on CC’s burger consumption (verification issues), just his win total.

    Need 18 or more wins unless he makes fewer than 25 starts, which is unlikely if he really just misses two starts. Oh well, I think he’ll still do it.

  23. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hughes has only reached 3 innings tops in his two starts in Tampa.

  24. TheStraw June 27th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Cashman says Warren will be called up. Meredith M says Mitchell. She can’t be that bad of reporter, can she?

  25. Warning Track Power June 27th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Straw-The most deserving player is NOT always called up.
    So many factors are involved.
    When did the pitcher last pitch
    How stretch out is the pitcher
    etc………..

  26. TheStraw June 27th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Um, usually when the GM says it, you would believe him over a field reporter. Unless Cashman just said that without really checking to see if he was available.

  27. Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t think CC cares if he gets 18+ wins, as long as he’s hoisting the Stanley Cup come October

  28. Warning Track Power June 27th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not concerned which pitcher is called up. Just as long as the pitcher is stretched out
    and able to pitch at least 5 innings or more

  29. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t think CC cares if he gets 18+ wins, as long as he’s hoisting the Stanley Cup come October

    —————————–

    Exactly right.

    And if he strains his shoulder lifting it I’ll have another item to file away in the cabinet of complaints I keep in my brain. So win-win, really.

  30. TheStraw June 27th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Lorenz just corrected Meredith..he must read the blog.

  31. Betsy June 27th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    “So trade Phil and then you’re left with an aging and swiss cheese rotation because Kuroda is not a long term option and either is Andy”

    Yea….and sign him and you have budget issues…..its a bit of a problem.
    ****

    Blake, this is what it’s come to with the Yankees? Budget? For a guy who is not going to be THAT expensive? It’s honestly sad.

    Wow, crappy news about CC

  32. Nick in SF June 27th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    And of course it won’t occur to the so-called professionals running the Yankees to stop CC from lifting that cup.

    People think they have a clue, but we know better. :mad:

  33. The Return of Stoneburner June 27th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t think CC cares if he gets 18+ wins, as long as he’s hoisting the Stanley Cup come October

    ******

    You could not be more right. It has been a main motivation for him to hold the Lombardi Trophy. NBA Basketball – - – it is FANtastic!!

  34. Hassey June 27th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    CC shouldn’t have a problem lifting the Cup, until he fills it with Sloppy Joe’s


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