Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CC down, what now?

Before last night, the '17 Yankees had shrugged off four key injuries - Didi (month), Bird (six weeks), Sanchez (month) and Ellsbury (to be determined) - like King Kong swatting fighter planes out of the sky. We turned to Torreyes, Carter, Romine and Hicks, without dropping Fay Wray. In the case of Aaron Hicks, Ellsbury may never return as official Yankee CF; he's been replaced, even if nobody says it aloud. 

But last night, the formerly re-emerging CC Sabathia tweaked a hammy, which is probably the size of a mini-van, and today, we will learn the extent of his loss. Quick guess: Six weeks, counting rehab. That would bring him back around July 31, the trade deadline, when presumably we will be hungry for a veteran arm or two. Hopefully, the notion that CC is coming back will give us a reason not to trade for a Chris Capuano or Sidney Ponson. But let's face it: The front office is sniffing a divisional title, and the Gammonites will spend the next six weeks proposing ridiculous - and terrifying - deals.

Once again we face the brutal reality that baseball is pitching, pitching, pitching - (fun fact: eight of our top 10 draft picks over the last two days are RH pitchers) - and every fireballer in the modern era is a stutter-step from the DL, if not a visit to Dr. Andrews. In CC's case, he hasn't pitched a full, healthy season in four years, so we knew he'd miss a month - we had to factor it in, right? So... what now?

Chad Green? Adam Warren? Both play "long man" out of the bullpen, and Joe seems reluctant to change their roles (especially Warren, whose days as a promising future starter can barely be seen in the fossil record. Bryan Mitchell? You'd think he'd get a shot. Whatever happened to him? If not Mitchell, how about a call to Scranton? Here are the latest Railrider stats, ranked by innings pitched (because it's innings we will need): 


I know what you're thinking: Bring up Chance Adams, the 22-year-old wonder boy, with a sterling 2.52 ERA over six starts. But don't overlook Daniel Camarena, 24, and didn't Domingo German, also 24, impress everyone last weekend? Caleb Smith? Before you say, "Meh," keep in mind that he's 25, a big RH from Texas, and he hasn't had a clunker outing since April 30. 

I don't have the answer. But I do believe the solution is in Scranton, waiting for the chance. (No pun intended.) And I also believe the Yankees need to sit Tyler "The Yankee" Clippard for 10 days, because right now, the guy has lost his testosterone pumper. Two recent tough losses - against Toronto and last night - came with Clippard surrendering home runs. It's a long season. He'll get it back, I think. For now though...

Listen: We have one of the deepest minor league systems in baseball, with game-ready pitching prospects at Scranton. No Wally Whitehursts. These are actual up-and-coming pitchers, waiting for a shot. CC is down. That means an opportunity, not a death watch. But we also need a stretch of good health. Because Kong can swat away only so many planes, before he tumbles. 

5 comments:

John M said...

Chad looks like the new starter. As for CC...fair or not, I tend to think fat guys are more injury prone. Probably due to David Wells screwing up our postseason with his bad back that one year. All that weight screws up your back, your knees, your hips. But it doesn't lead to Tommy John surgery, so there's that.

The bad news, as Duque pointed out: "Young tied the score with a solo homer off Tyler Clippard in the eighth."--ESPN

As I've said before, I like Ty. But Ty is not the guy.

The good news. "Chase Headley had three hits for the Yankees, including a ground-rule double that led to their first run and a solo homer in the seventh that gave them a 2-1 lead. It was Headley's fourth home run."--ESPN

If he could just reach the level where he can hit his way out of a paper bag, it'd be a big help.

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


Things I thought upon hearing about CC's injury:

1. The guy was already playing like an old man. He does not run to first base to take the throw from the first-baseman on a grounder to that side. Every other pitcher IN CREATION does. CC Sabathia just will not do it.

2. Most of us didn't expect CC to contribute ANYTHING in 2017.

3. As a fat guy, I can verify: Injuries can be easier to come by when you're carrying around 30-40-50 pounds more than your superstructure can handle. This might be especially true for those who can't manage to run from the pitcher's mound to first base at any time.

Anonymous said...

SIMPLY PUT WARREN INTO THE ROTATION......HE WAS WASTED LAST NIGHT, AS I THOUGHT WE SHOULD HAVE USED HIM AT LEAST 1 INNING INSTEAD OF CLIPPARD FOR 2...... IF WARREN ISN'T USED IN A GAME LIKE LAST NIGHT, WHEN THE F@CK ARE WE GONNA USE HIM?? ...PUT HIM IN THE ROTATION, AND MAKE GREEN TAKE HIS PLACE.....

Alphonso said...

I think we have seen enough of Chad Green to understand; he really only has two pitches and he is best for two innings.

I say, roll the dice and bring up one of those guys who is 5-0 or 4-1.

Warren has proven to us ( and himself ) that he can be more effective in long relief, than as a starter.

Roll the dice.

See if there is another Montgomery ready to help.

NaRong said...

If he could just reach the level where he can hit his way out of a paper bag, it'd be a big help.
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