This is the second time Sabathia has been injured in 2012, but the first time it was his groin, and not his throwing arm’s elbow.
You don’t need to be Einstein to figure out why Sabathia’s injury is worrisome, as he is a pitcher and it is his elbow.
So, what did the Yankees do?
What the Yankees always do, which is run and grab some washed-up veteran that no other team wants.
And this time it is pitcher Derek Lowe, who was just released from the Indians after he lost eight of his last 10 starts and posted an ERA just shy of 9.00.
GM Brian Cashman is once again banking on the nostalgia of the Yankee pinstripes to resurge a 39-year old player’s career; but in my opinion Lowe’s case is a long shot.
Point blank is that Lowe is done.
In case you forgot, Lowe had a big part in the Atlanta Braves collapse last season, posting a 0-5 record with an 8.75 ERA in the month of September.
So, the Braves traded him to Cleveland and the Indians designated Lowe for assignment, only to release him last week.
Now homeless, Lowe was hoping his old team the Red Sox, who are desperate with a capital D for some pitching help, could be a potential match but Boston passed.
For Boston to say ‘no thanks’ raises a HUGE red flag. Just add the Red Sox’s pitching issues, with Lowe being out of work, and their familiarity with each other (Lowe was on the 2004 World Championship team); and enough said.
Lowe’s drinking has been a problem off the field in the past too, so bringing him to NYC doesn’t seem to be working in the Yankees favor either.
Now, I did get some initial comfort when Marc Craig of the Star-Ledger tweeted that the Yankees were planning to use Lowe out of the bullpen, which means that David Phelps would still be starting tonight against the Texas Rangers, until I thought about it.
As knowing the Yankees I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Lowe will make Sabathia’s next scheduled start as Cashman and skipper Joe Girardi can’t help themselves when it comes to these situations.
It makes me wonder how desperate things are because for a pitcher to lose his spot on the Indians staff this season they’d have to be pretty terrible.
Just look at Lowe’s 2012 stats:
Also, Lowe is a sinkerball pitcher who got shelled in big Progressive Field so did Cashman & Co. even think about how he would fair in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium?
All I got from watching Lowe over the past two seasons was that he leaves everything up in the zone so I imagine the AL East power bats will crucify him.
In my opinion, this is an all new low for the Yankees who are literally getting older by the minute.