May 4, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) sits in the dug out after giving up five runs and leaving the game in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
When it rains it pours huh? With the news of CC Sabathia landing on the DL with fluid in his knee, Ivan Nova already lost for the year and Michael Pineda suspended and then injured, once what was thought as an area of depth is now being tested quite a bit. So what can the Yankees do?
CC’s immediate replacement will be Alfredo Aceves, who pitched well for CC in the loss last Sunday and not as well last night. Ace can pitch anywhere, and his signing was a smart move by GM Brian Cashman.
Shane Greene is back in Triple-A and started last night, though he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire down there. He’s given up 12 runs and 21 hits in 12 innings.
The Yankees could opt to send Adam Warren back down to Triple-A to stretch him out, but he’s been so good out of the bullpen that it causes a robbing Peter to pay Paul situation.
As i talked about earlier in the week, Chase Whitley has been pitching well in Triple-A and could be an option as well.
Hopefully for the Yankees sake the injury to CC is just for 15 days and the fluid will be gone and that maybe the knee has caused some of his uneven performances. The point is now that the Yankees can’t panic right now. Teams know they need pitching and it’s important to not try and make deal from a position of weakness.