Sabathia joins comrades Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. Nova is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery; and Pineda went on the DL after straining a muscle in his back throwing a simulated game during his suspension for pine tar.
Pineda was expected to be back in a month, but skipper Joe Girardi confirmed, after losing the rubber match, 6-5 to the Brewers that the 2011 All-Star recovery will recovery will be longer.
Girardi said Pineda started playing catch at 60 ft yesterday. Everything went well, but he basically said Pineda will take longer than 4 wks
And regrettably, the clock for letting these two treasured veterans work out the kinks themselves is ticking, and action needs to be taken sooner than later.
Once a player’s individual performance has a noticeably detrimental impact on a team losing games, the logical next step is a change. And unhappily, Sabathia and Jeter are currently hurting the Yankees on the field.
After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece.
Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the Yankees bats could crush the ball against Rays’ Erik Bedard enough to win no matter what.
Until I remembered that the Yankees faced Bedard at the Trop back on April 18th, and scored four earned runs off him in the second inning. Mind-you, the Yankees lost the game 11-5, thanks to their bullpen being ineffective and the Rays relievers doing the opposite.
Ideally the Yankees batters need to come at Bedard swinging early, and score enough runs if Sabathia is done after the five innings, which is a crap-shoot at this point.