• CC Disasthia

    Posted by on May 11th, 2014 · Comments (11)

    Via Brendan Kuty -

    Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia will get a second MRI on his right knee Monday to confirm there’s no structural damage, he said.

    An initial MRI showed no serious problems, other than fluid in his knee that has swollen after his last two starts, he said.

    But the second test will come after Yankees team doctor examines the knee and drains it of the fluid that’s causing the swelling, Sabathia said.

    Sabathia had surgery in 2010 to repair a torn meniscus in the knee.

    The 33-year-old said he was briefly reluctant to tell the Yankees about the swelling, considering the state of the rotation.

    Ivan Nova will miss the rest of the year due to Tommy John surgery and Michael Pineda might not return until June while he recovers from a strained back muscle, manager Joe Girardi said Girardi.

    On top of that, their replacements, David Phelps and Vidal Nuno, have been adequate at best; Hiroki Kuroda has been up-and-down and Sabathia himself has 5.28 ERA in eight starts.

    Only Masahiro Tanaka, the 25-year-old Japanese rookie, has been reliable.

    “It’s tough,” Sabathia said, “and that’s why I didn’t want to say anything. But I think I was doing more damage to the the team than helping the team by trying to hide it.”

    Sabathia said he felt the pain during his May 4 start, which lasted just 3.2 innings — the shortest of his Yankees career.

    “I didn’t know what was making it swell up,” Sabathia said. “It got pretty big on me after the start (May 4), and then (Sunday).”

    Well, it’s a good thing the Yankees had all that pitching depth to cover for a situation like this one…

    …uh, um, er, never mind…

    Comments on CC Disasthia

    1. EHawk
      May 12th, 2014 | 3:16 am

      No one has pitching depth to handle losing 3 starters. Look at the Rays…How are they doing and they are supposed to have the deepest depth at the starting pitching position in baseball. They are getting beat up at home by the Indians. You can handle 1 or maybe 2 starters going down but more then that and you are going to have problem. What’s up with Banuelos?

    2. May 12th, 2014 | 7:59 am

      Cannot a case be made that it was a fool’s plan to count on Nova and Pineda to be 40% of your rotation given their injury history? Further, was it not folly to count on having older starters without potential back-ups?

    3. NC Yankee
      May 12th, 2014 | 8:15 am

      @ Steve L.:
      Since everything bad that happens to the Yankees is Cashman’s fault, who do you think he should be replaced with as GM???

    4. May 12th, 2014 | 8:59 am

      @ NC Yankee:
      Whom am I allowed to pick from? Anyone regardless of their current contract status? Or, does it have to be from someone who has their contract expire at the end of the year, like Cashman?

    5. NC Yankee
      May 12th, 2014 | 10:42 am

      Anyone…..

    6. EHawk
      May 12th, 2014 | 11:21 am

      I think they thought they had 2 decent backup SP’s in Nuno and Phelps…they both came down to the last week of camp to win the 5th starter job. So I think the Yanks were fine if either of them got pushed into starting for whatever reason. And I think both of them while not aces give enough to keep the Yanks in the games. Point is that no team in baseball can easily expect to replace 3 starters in their rotation.

    7. May 12th, 2014 | 11:49 am

      NC Yankee wrote:

      Anyone…..

      Willie Randolph.

    8. Mr. October
      May 12th, 2014 | 1:27 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      No one has pitching depth to handle losing 3 starters. Look at the Rays…

      There’s a very substantial difference between the loss Moore and Cobb, two of the best starting pitchers in the A.L., to the $77 million Rays, and the loss of Ivan Manuel Nova and Latin American Idle, two back-of-the rotation starters, to the New York Yankees or a team that spent more than $300 million on offense in the 2013-14 offseason for league-average production as of the middle of May…

      And Disasthia is not expected to be out nearly as long as Cobb, or any of the other three pitchers.

      That was a great decision Cashman made in 2011-12, extending Sabathia through 2017 at a cost of more than $23 million per season; it would have been a disaster if Sabathia had walked: Team Cashman might not have gotten past the LDS in 2012.

      NC Yankee wrote:

      Since everything bad that happens to the Yankees is Cashman’s fault, who do you think he should be replaced with as GM???

      How about Jason Bump???

      http://nypost.com/2012/02/04/911-panic-call-stopped-accused-cashman-stalker/

    9. Raf
      May 13th, 2014 | 1:07 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Cannot a case be made that it was a fool’s plan to count on Nova and Pineda to be 40% of your rotation given their injury history?

      No, as they were the back end of the rotation. We’ve been through this argument before.

      Further, was it not folly to count on having older starters without potential back-ups?

      No potential back-ups? I don’t see the Yankees forfeiting games for lack of pitchers. :P

    10. May 13th, 2014 | 1:19 pm

      Raf wrote:

      I don’t see the Yankees forfeiting games for lack of pitchers.

      last night, they should have…

    11. Mr. October
      May 13th, 2014 | 1:53 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      There’s a very substantial difference between the loss Moore and Cobb, two of the best starting pitchers in the A.L., to the $77 million Rays…

      And Hellickson – three-fifths of a rotation for an A.L. East franchise that builds teams to win on foundations of starting pitching, and with as many regular season games and League Championships won in the last six (6) seasons with $60-80 million payrolls, as Team Cashman has won with $200-40 million payrolls.

      Raf wrote:

      No potential back-ups [for older starters]? I don’t see the Yankees forfeiting games for lack of pitchers.

      @ Raf:
      Excellent point: 32-year old Alfredo Aceves, for example, is scheduled to start in place of Latin American Idle on Thu. after having been called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week. Is Kei Igawa still pitching at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre?

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