Pettitte threw just one more pitch; a perfect strike but the 40-year old southpaw would have to leave the game immediately following.
And now the Yankees will be sans Pettitte for a minimum of 6 weeks as he fractured his left fibula.
So in less than 24-hours, the Yankees lost not one but two aces in their starting rotation.
What does this mean for the Yankees?
As Skipper Joe Girardi so eloquently put it in the postgame, “Guys are going to have to step it up.”
And I could not agree more with Girardi’s statement, as I do believe that this team has the talent to brave this storm; and a few weeks ago my sentiments would have been different.
The bats finally heating up, specifically Robinson Cano who has hit 14 homers in his last 32 games and that is huge as the Yankeees go forward.
The team’s RISP (runners in scoring position) is a tad better and hopefully will continue. The bats are the Yankees biggest strength, but they have to continue to rake at least until CC gets back.
For now, all Yankee fans can do is hope that CC comes back right after the All-Star break as estimated. But please, keep-in-mind that the Yankees don’t exactly have a stellar reporting track record when it comes to the severity of player’s injuries; and until CC physically steps on a mound again, never say never.
As for Pettitte, the reality of his injury is that at his age a fractured ankle takes quite a while to heal; and 6 weeks’ is being generously optimistic. My guess is that Pettitte’s timetable means that he will be able to step on a mound in six-weeks, and to expect to see him again around mid-August at the earliest.
It was a wicked Wednesday in the Bronx, as it is a sour reminder of how things can change in an instance.
I will end this with a quote from whom I consider the greatest athlete of out generation, Mr. Michael Jordan.
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan