Via Barry M. Bloom:
Under the most optimum of circumstances, the Yankees could send as many as six players to the American League All-Star team — four pitchers and two position players.
But if things stand as currently planned, CC Sabathia, who threw his way to a 9-3 record on Friday night, won’t be able to pitch in the July 13 All-Star Game at Anaheim. Sabathia is slated to start on July 11 at Seattle just prior to the break, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Saturday before the Dodgers clobbered the Yankees, 9-4, at Dodger Stadium.
By new rule, any pitcher starting on Sunday before the break can be named to the team, but can’t pitch in the game. That pitcher can participate in all All-Star activities, but is not eligible for the roster.
“I don’t care either way,” Sabathia told MLB.com on Saturday. “I hate to make it sound that way, but I really don’t. I’m here to help the Yankees win games. If I’m slated to pitch that day, then that’s the way it will be.”
Phil Hughes (10-1), Andy Pettitte (9-2) and Mariano Rivera (17 saves) are real possibilities to make the squad, which will be managed by Girardi, who skippered the Yankees to their 27th World Series title last year in six games over the Phillies.
All three of those hurlers would be eligible under the rules. Sabathia, though, said he’d be content just to take part in the festivities.
“Oh yeah, I’d be happy to show up and go, hang out with the guys and be part of all the hoopla,” said Sabathia, a three-time American League All-Star and Cy Young Award winner when he pitched for the Indians. “My son would enjoy that. If I’m selected, I’ll definitely be a part of it.”
Sabathia has the perfect attitude here.
And, given the way Burnett is pitching, the “ya-never-know” nature of Vazquez, and with Hughes coming back down to earth, the Yankees are going to have to ride Sabathia and Pettitte as much as possible in the second half of the season. So, why risk having one of them get hurt in the All-Star game?