Sunday, May 18, 2014

Girardi "would be shocked" if Sabathia returns when eligible

As of now, Yankees Starting Pitcher CC Sabathia is eligible to come off the DL in eight days.

The veteran lefty, just 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA so far this season, hurt his knee last Saturday in Milwaukee, making him the third New York starter (joining Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova) to go down in 2014.

When the injury first happened, reports stated that #52 would be back as soon as possible, but now, according to Manager Joe Girardi, that likely won't be the case.

“I would be kind of shocked,” Girardi told the New York Post before yesterday's 7-1 win over the Pirates. “None of us really know [how long he will be out]… There’s not a lot of history on this.”

When CC's turn to start came around last Thursday, minor-league right-hander Chase Whitley threw a scorless 4.2 innings, so, while Sabathia being back as soon as possible would be nice, I don't see a need to hurry him.

Whitley wasn't necessarily dominant in his first start, but overall, I'd still say he contributed to the team's win. He kept the game tied, and gave the bullpen their much-needed chance to hold the Mets offense down.

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