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Pregame notes: “It tests your depth and it stretches you”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 11, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia

Remember those early days of the season when the Yankees rotation seemed like a strength? We’re now a little more than a month into the year, and the rotation has now lost a third starting pitcher.

“Obviously it tests your depth and it stretches you,” Joe Girardi said. “The two guys that we brought in so far have done a pretty decent job. Phelpsy had the one start. Nuno’s done OK. It’s going to be tested further now.”

CC Sabathia has joined Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova on the disabled list. Sabathia complained about right knee soreness after last night’s game, and tests revealed excess fluid in the knee. Girardi said he expects the knee to be drained, and the Yankees are hoping this is only a 15-day situation. This is the same knee that required surgery after the 2010 season.

“Obviously he’s got to see Dr. Ahmad tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Because there’s no meniscal tears — I mean, that’s what our fear was because that’s what he’s had in the past — we’re hoping it will only be the two weeks. We just have to get it to calm down.”

Each time Alfredo Aceves has pitched for the Yankees this season, it’s come in a game Sabathia started, so he’s basically on turn to take Sabathia’s next start against the Mets. Giradri said he hasn’t talked to Brian Cashman about a definite plan, but he indicated that Aceves is the leading internal candidate. Matt Daley has been called up for today, but it’s worth noting that Chase Whitley was scratched from a Triple-A start this afternoon. He could be a candidate to replace Aceves as a long man. Girardi said neither Adam Warren nor Dellin Betances would be rotation candidates right now.

“After the game last night, CC complained that his knee was hurting,” Girardi said. “His landing knee, his right knee. He hadn’t mentioned anything to us before that. He said a few previous starts, he would feel it on one pitch, but it was something that he’s dealt with for a while, so he didn’t have a need to say anything to us. Yesterday it got bad and it swelled up after the game, so he had an MRI. … He said that for the most part, he didn’t feel it much. He would feel it a pitch here, a pitch there. But he said last night as he started throwing some balls in the dirt, yesterday was difficult.”

Dellin BetancesThe short version of today’s other pregame notes:

• Even before news of Sabathia’s injury was announced, Girardi was asked about the possibility of making Betances a starter again. He basically shot it down completely. “I guess you could go back to it, but the one thing that the bullpen has done for him is it’s simplified it where he’s a two-pitch guy, not trying to throw four pitches, and it’s worked extremely well,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it’s going to be brought up all the time, but he’s doing really pretty good where he’s at.”

• Also said that Warren is “not even close” to being built up enough for a rotation spot right now.

• On using a lineup that’s missing three of the usual middle-of-the-order hitters: “It’s a little strange,” Girardi said. “But as I said, we have a day game after a night game, we have a stretch that we’re going to be home a lot and the DH is going to come back into play. You want to keep everybody going, and Ich is swinging the bat extremely well. So all those factors kind of lined up.”

• Shawn Kelley is expected to be available out of the bullpen today.

• David Phelps can go 95-100 pitches today. “It would be great if we could get him deep into the game,” Girardi said.

• Because of the likely move into the rotation, and because he pitched last night, Girardi said he’ll probably try to stay away from Alfredo Aceves tonight. Sounds like it’s possible he could pitch, but that would be a last resort.

Michael Pineda played catch at 60 feet yesterday. “Everything was fine,” Girardi said. It sounds like Pineda is likely to be back roughly six weeks after the original injury. Probably won’t be back until June. Have to get him built up again.

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50 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It tests your depth and it stretches you””

  1. yankeefeminista May 11th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Free Dellin!

  2. Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Against All Odds May 11th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I feel bad for CC. He was unappreciated during the first part of his contract and now that he has declined significantly his Yankee career won’t be looked at in a good way.

    ——

    That echoes my sentiment as well.

    Dude was a Cy Young candidate each of his first 4 seasons with the Yanks and he helped them win a championship.

  3. Against All Odds May 11th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 11th, 2014 at 1:39 pm
    Against All Odds May 11th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I feel bad for CC. He was unappreciated during the first part of his contract and now that he has declined significantly his Yankee career won’t be looked at in a good way.

    ——

    That echoes my sentiment as well.

    Dude was a Cy Young candidate each of his first 4 seasons with the Yanks and he helped them win a championship.

    ———-

    Exactly but all you heard was he’s not Felix, Lee, Verlander, Kershaw, etc. True he wasn’t those pitchers but he was still one of the best in the game.

  4. jmills May 11th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    My AC charger for the blackberry has failed, I’m sitting in the car with the cig charger. I’m not a smoker, but I have no problen avec people lighting up in public. This nanny state has gone too far.

  5. UnKnown May 11th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Here comes Jeter ceremony. #thinkpink

  6. Pat M. May 11th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Well it seems as though the Lohud faithful ( at least some ) have their shovels in hand ready to bury CC Sabathia. Such is the nature of the fickle and fair weather fan. Never ceases to amaze me, then again this comes from the sideliners who never really competed against anyone but their own fragile egos…..

  7. vitus May 11th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Against all odds:

    Was ! My man Chien Ming Wang won 19 games two years in a row. But the base running cost his career!

    I appreciate what CC did during the first 4 years for us. But if he can’t figure out how to pitch with lesser stuff, he will be a huge liability for us.

    Or he can be the league’s most expensive LOOGY and let us find a more consistent starter

  8. UnKnown May 11th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Tears!!! we Love you jeter. Even Braun got to come out and present. :evil: :lol:

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  10. Chip May 11th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Said it before and will say it again. Betances should be left where he is. He’s the most dominant relief arm the Yankees have had since Mo in his prime. If Warren isn’t stretched to start then you know Dellin isn’t either. To get him there would take at least a couple of months and then if he regresses to where he was when the Yankees moved him to the pen you’ve wasted time and resources and screwed with the kids head for nothing.

  11. Doreen May 11th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Great Job Chad. Was able to catch you with Meredith while finishing up cooking dinner.

    Sorry to hear about CC.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Go Yankees!

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