- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that it’s “probably fair to say” CC Sabathia could miss the remainder of the season. And to make things even worse, microfracture surgery may be the only thing that will fix his degenerative knee which involves a long and painful rehab. This whole breakdown of CC physically is likely due to his massive frame and work overload for the past decade. It is a shame that we are seeing pitchers like Sabathia and Verlander break down in front of our eyes. It is a safe bet that CC Sabathia is never going to be the same pitcher again and very possible that he will never even be an average pitcher if/when he returns.
- Even though Shawn Kelley has been back for a month now following his back injury, he has never truly returned to form leading me to speculate that he is still not full healthy. He has a 6.75 era and 1.75 whip since his return and he has basically pitched himself out of a setup role. I hope the Yanks are closely monitoring him because a healthy and effective Shawn Kelley was a valuable piece in the bullpen earlier this season and will be needed if the Yanks hope to contend for the Wild Card.
- Speaking of relievers, it is my hope that the Yanks look to acquire some relief help before the trade deadline. I really hope they can snag an upgrade at lefty reliever because the prospects of Matt Thorton and David Huff are incredibly uninspiring. Buying low on a “struggling but usually above average” reliever like a Ryan Cook type would also be a wise move.
- I also think the Yanks will get another starting pitcher but probably more of an “average veteran innings-eater” type over an all star. Think Bronson Arroyo over David Price in you are speculating realistically.
- I feel bad for Yangervis Solarte for being a “fall guy” during the Yankees recent down period. He was playing above his head from the beginning and an extended slump wasn’t that surprising. He also had some untimely errors that made him appear worse defensively than he actually was and I don’t know that more time in Triple-A will do him any good at this point in his career. I hope he gets another chance with the big league club but he probably won’t unless something breaks.
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