Well, it finally happened. It took over three years, but CC Sabathia will finally miss his start due to injury as a Yankee after incurring a Grade 1 adductor strain near his left leg during his start against the Mets on Sunday night. He didn't think much of the injury, and it was not reported until the tweak affected his bullpen session on Tuesday morning. CC went for an MRI afterward, and it revealed the strain. For those wondering, the adductor strain is basically a strained groin. This is what the adductor looks like (courtesy of AidMyGroin.com... you read that right). You may "ooh" and "ahh." Brian Cashman says the injury doesn't seem like much, but they don't want to test it.
"He’s a competitor, he wants to be out there, he feels like he can pitch with it right now," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "But we’re not going to mess with it."
Joe Girardi says that CC will only miss two starts and he should be back before the All-Star break. The DL stint will be CC's first trip there since 2006, when he had a right oblique strain with the Indians. The only other time he's been there was the year before due to the same injury. He's made at least 30 starts per year in 10 of 11 seasons in the pros, and he only missed the mark in '06 by two starts. His durability has been remarkable, and hopefully it will hold up. A long-term injury to their ace would be brutal for the Yankees (though admittedly still not as bad as what's going on in Toronto). Send your prayers to CC's groin.
Freddy Garcia will make CC's start on Friday, and the Yankees are reportedly leaning toward bringing up Adam Warren to take CC's spot on the roster. Warren last pitched on Sunday and three five scoreless innings for Scranton (Empire State?) in a win over Indianapolis. On the season, he's pitched 15 starts with a 3.86 ERA and 4.23 FIP, up a bit from last year. His strikeouts are down, but his walks are too, so there's that. For those wondering, David Phelps made a start with class-A Tampa on Monday and threw 3.1 scoreless innings, but I guess they're still working on stretching him out after weeks of inactivity (yippie).