Yankees place CC Sabathia placed on the DL

Cory Wade's Bad Month
Game 74: Andy goes for the sweep

The Yankees have placed CC Sabathia on the DL after an MRI showed a Grade I strain of the left adductor. That’s a big muscle in his upper leg, near his hip and groin. Sabathia first felt a “twinge” during Sunday’s start against the Mets but did not say anything until after yesterday’s bullpen session. This will be just the third DL stint of his 12-year career — he missed 23 days in 2005 and 29 days in 2006, both with right oblique strains.

Joe Girardi said Sabathia will miss just two starts and return after the All-Star break. Freddy Garcia will start Friday in his place, though Brian Cashman said the team is leaning towards calling up Adam Warren from Triple-A. As our Bullpen Workload page shows, Warren started on Sunday and would lineup perfectly for Friday’s start if they want to go that way. No word on today’s roster move, they may just play with 24 guys this afternoon.

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  • Mike Stanley

    SEASON OVER OMG

    • Bobby two knives

      “Oh no, the sky is falling!” (sarcasm) “Chicken Little, is a folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase The sky is falling! features prominently in the story, and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.”

      • PBFog

        Thanks for the lesson…

  • CBean

    /COMMENCES PANICKINGOMG

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wtf! i hope this is only for the 15 day minimum. i thought i was going to see him on friday, i just don’t see him pitch live

    • Cris Pengiucci

      It’s all your fault! :-)

  • Leg-End

    Don’t panic everyone, don’t panic………..PANIC!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    so does this mean sweaty freddy gets some starts? this should be fun

  • Mike Stanley

    Garcia Friday
    Girardi expects him to only miss 2 starts and return after the ASB

    • your mom

      Doesn’t Freddy need to be stretched out?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yes, although not as much of a concern with a grizzled vet. I don’t think he’s going seven innings the first start.

        Hell, it’s Freddy Garcia. He’s probably not going seven no matter what.

      • DM

        Freddy can go 5 right now, I’m sure.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    if he is only on there for 15 days, he would only miss 2 starts due to the all star break

  • pat

    Leg is better than arm or shoulder.

    • pat

      An adductor (groin) strain is a common problem among many individuals who are physically active, especially in competitive sports. The most common sports that put athletes at risk for adductor strains are football, soccer, hockey, basketball, tennis, figure skating, baseball, horseback riding, karate, and softball.[1]

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/.....8-overview

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Those adductor machines at the gym are always, um, fun to watch.

        • Erica

          Are those the ones where you have to sit and push your legs out?

          I HATE that shit.

          • Erica

            Like, spread eagle action? It’s seriously the worst.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              We are definitely talking some spread eagle action.

              Speaking of which….HAIR METAL MOMENT!

              “I gotta wicked woman
              Woman got a vicious tongue
              Late at night I come home a little drunk
              And we go one on one

              Sittin’ in the kitchen listenin’ to your bitchin’
              Every night of my life
              You made this home a combat zone
              You cut me like a knife
              Woman you’re tougher than leather
              You make it hard on me”

              “Switchblade Serenade” by Spread Eagle, Erica. Look it up. One of my favorites.

              • Erica

                Hahaha! When I get home I’ll look it up, since these computers in this dungeon don’t have speakers.

                AWESOME lyrics.

                • DM

                  You two are so cute.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  That and the Sleeze Beez song I think I had you listen to once are probably my two favorite songs of the entire era, and both were from artists for which they’re really the only decent moment by.

                  • Erica

                    Perfect fodder for a VH1 program on Greatest One-Hit Hair Metal Wonders!

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Electric Boys (love that album)
                      Electric Angels
                      Kingofthehill
                      Badlands
                      Baton Rouge

                      Oh, too many to count.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            As in the machine in which you develop a much closer personal relationship with the person on the machine directly facing you? Yes.

            • Erica

              Vom.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Stick to doing a zillion squats and lunges. They’re going to work every muscle in the leg just as well and, yes, no one will be staring directly at your crotch.

                • jjyank

                  Where’s the fun in that?

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Just being helpful.

                    Love,
                    Guy who gained 15 pounds since his kid was born.

                    • Cris Pengiucci

                      P90X. It sucks, but it works.

                • DM

                  But with squats your ass is being offered in rhythmic pulses to every one behind you.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    No, that’s the woman on the bike in front of you in spin class.

                    The gym I go to has pole dancing classes, which means about 30 women (and, sometimes, ONE guy) descend upon the gym in really short shorts and heels. After a while, they installed shades in the group fitness room because guys would just congregate outside and just stand there for an hour.

                    • Erica

                      Did the guy wear heels?!?

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      No, but I remember the guy wearing a King Kong Bundy-style unitard.

                    • DM

                      Where is this gym again??? Just curious. I’d make a good guest for the “guest pass” you probably can get. What time is pole dancing class?

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  And how do you propose stretching out for squats? Ab/aductors are great for stretching out that particular muscle, and firming your inner thighs, which is a problem area for far too many women. Other than that both muscles cramp up quite easily and need work on a regular basis.

                  Squats are also hell on your back, and realistically should be done no more than twice a week, at the absolute most. I guess you can do one massive 100 rep squat workout and that’ll give you a pretty good leg work out, but you’ll have trouble moving the next day.

                  • DM

                    “100 rep squat workout” sounds like some CrossFit WOD insanity. But you’re right, the traditional squat variation isn’t all encompassing, and can be challenging (form-wise) for those with long legs/torsos.

            • Nathan

              The gym I go to has these machines facing directly in front of the elliptical machines. It’s funny when you see a woman (90% of the time it’s a woman on the machine), all the guys on ellipticals try to play cool and sneak a few peeks.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Too many guys are happy trying to build million-dollar arms, but with two-cent legs.

                • DM

                  Dontcha you know you do curls for the girls?

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I’d do more, but they’re so heavy.

                    • DM

                      Work your way up. Before you know it you’ll get your bachelor’s in bro-science.

  • Guest

    No worries. Time for Ramon Ortiz to shine.

  • steve s

    Sounds like the mildest of injuries and it’s not his arm or shoulder. No real worries here.

  • Nick

    Looking on the bright side, should only miss 3 starts and who knows the rest may be great for him down the stretch and into the postseason.

    Also, there are worse times to lose a SP, even an ace like CC, than when 4 games ahead, rotation looking good and offense hitting well.

    Will now go and punish myself for not joining in with the general panic!

  • Cy Pettitte

    as long as he misses only two starts it’s not a huge deal. He’ll rest for 3 weeks or so with the ASB and hopefully come back strong for the 2nd half.

  • Eddard

    This is bad news. CC hasn’t been great so hopefully he’ll get better and come back even stronger. But now we’re left with either an AAA pitcher filling in or god forbid Freddy Garcia. Good thing all of the other pitchers have been doing so well.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ruh-roh.

    Cue all sorts of loose association posts as to weight, aceness, etc.

    Get well, CC. We need you back and healthy as soon as can be.

  • Avi

    If you told me CC had to go on the DL this sounds like the best possible injury to be the cause.

    • Brian S.

      Easy for you to say.

    • MattG

      I would’ve preferred hemorrhoids or pink eye.

  • Frank

    I’m betting this injury is another casualty of him having to bat last week during interleague play.

    • mike

      word.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    so what you’re saying is that the Yankees’ worst starting pitcher in June has gone on the DL…no sweat.

    • Erica

      Uh. No.

  • DM

    Good thing we didn’t release Garcia.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Why Robinson Tilapia is not a GM, part 378.”

  • Avi

    I’d like to see Phelps get the starts. Is he stretched out enough for say 75 pitches?

    • Brian S.

      Get Phelps Up!

  • Pat D

    Pussyfeathers.

    • jjyank

      Well that’s a new one.

      • Pat D

        Another theft from Lewis Black.

  • Slu

    Blessing in disguise. I expect the time off to rejuvenate CC and he will be filthy in the second half.

  • Erica

    FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • the great Luis Polonia

    Just stay Away from captain crunch without being able to run and exercise..that’s all I ask

  • pat

    Perfect excuse to leave him off the postseason roster.

  • Will (the other one)

    Well, crap.

    That being said, the best possible outcome in my mind is that this gives Adam Warren one or two chances to try his hand against major-league competition. I don’t have anything against Garcia taking the starts if that’s what the team decides, but I’d much rather get a good look at Warren in a situation where, quite frankly, the Yankees have a little midseason room in the standings.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Would need to be added to 40-man to make the start, which probably makes him Option C at this point behind Freddy and Phelps.

      • Will (the other one)

        True, although if the team’s leaning in that direction, it’s probably an easy enough fix. Maybe they’d DFA Igarashi.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I hadn’t read the update above, so clearly I was pretty off.

        • Dan

          Or Farquhar, or Justin Thomas could also be potential DFA candidates as well.

  • CountryClub

    So he misses one game vs Chicago and another vs Tampa (he wouldn’t have pitched in Boston anyway). Not the end of the world. All star break comes at a perfect time.

  • DM

    Copter in Ramiro Pena to play SS today and give Jeter a rest.

    • Brian S.

      Nix can play SS for a day. Also, is Nunez ever going to play again? That thumb has cost him over a month.

      • DM

        I wanted Ramiro’s lefty bat against Ubaldo’s bowling ball 2-seamer — and his glove his better than all the others. I hate to waste an open roster spot — even for a day.

        • Brian S.

          Ubaldo’s two seamer isn’t doing a lot of bowling this season. I wouldn’t worry about it.

          • DM

            I’m not worried; I’m sarcastic.

  • LongLiveJeter

    I guess I’m not watching the game Friday… SMH I hate watching Freddy pitch, I would much rather they call up Warren and let him start.

    • Brian S.

      Indeed. No Freddy please.

  • Reggie C.

    With Freddy Garcia returning to the rotation the lineup is going to need to keep alive “TOO MANY HOMERS?!ll!” meme.

  • DERP

    Not an ace. Aces don’t go on the DL. I mean, has Roy Halladay ever been on the DL?

    • jjyank

      Or Cliff Lee?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The obvious answer is that neither of those guys are aces either.

        • Sarah

          We know that’s true about Cliff Lee, since he hasn’t won a game this season. Any true ace would have a win!

    • Gonzo

      Cliff Lee has never been on the DL either.

  • jjyank

    *sigh of relief*

    I saw the title of the post and freaked out for a second. Thank Mo it’s not shoulder or elbow. Get well soon CC, we’ll miss you!

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    CC better not pull a Pavano again.

    • CBean

      …again?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Oh look at that….updated to reflect that Warren’s being considered. Pleasantly surprised by that.

    • Gonzo

      It’d be nice to have both Garcia and Warren lined up as insurance against a 5-run inning in the 3rd.

    • Knoxvillain

      I’m surprised they even thought of him. He’s sucked ass this year if I’m right.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s done better lately.

        It must suck to be DJ Mitchell right not. Slumped at the wrong time. When I said those three guys have to make the most out of every opportunity, I wasn’t kidding.

        • Knoxvillain

          Yep. At least Mitchell had a good start the other night.

          How about Betances? Haha.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Would I love to say Betances was an option.

            *sigh*

  • Nathan

    I hope he picks up a box of Captain Crunch while he’s on the DL…he seems slightly better a little heavier.

  • MattG

    My personal experience:

    Adductor strains do not heal in two weeks.

    Adductor strains are the sort of strain you can play through, if you are so inclined.

    Hopefully they caught it so early that two weeks will really make a difference. If not, he’ll probably play in pain the rest of the season, but the performance might not necessarily show it.

    • Gonzo

      Oof, that kinda sucks.

  • sangreal

    I think Freddy will be fine for two starts, but I’m happy its Friday and not the game I’m attending on Saturday

  • DERP

    I’m more interested in who is getting kicked off the 40 man if Warren is called up. I’m guessing one of Antonelli, Thomas, or Igarashi. Any guesses?

  • Ethan

    I really hate when athletes feel something “off” and don’t tell anyone. You’re getting paid millions of dollars to do your job, if you think something might be wrong SPEAK UP. Seems like a lot of injuries start off relatively minor, the player doesn’t say anything and the injury gets worse.

    • MattG

      Major league players are always sore. I am sure CC already gets treatment for everything that ails him every single day. Figuring out what ailment is not like the others can’t be easy.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, I agree. The “millions of dollars” thing goes the other way too, meaning that these guys then want to go out there and play, if even not at 100%.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two starts is no big deal; this isn’t likely going to be an injury that will linger too badly or anything.

    Was a little jarring to see “Sabathia” and “DL” in the headline on my first fore into the blog today, however.

  • DERP

    I feel like if this was later in the season that he could have pitched through this. Am I totally off base here?

    • Mike Myers

      off base. ever have a pull? it will hurt his push off and landing.

    • Erica

      Maybe? But I’m guessing they want to take every precaution so that they actually have him to pitch later in the season.

      • Mike Myers

        Sure, maybe in the playoffs he missed one start instead of two. but who knows.

    • CountryClub

      Cashman said he could pitch if this were the stretch run or the playoffs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vinnyscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Freddy Garcia, ace of the staff.

    • jsbrendog

      garcia v verlander. i aint neva scared

  • PhillyMatt

    Not sure if OT but will Yanks reshuffle rotation after all star break to Sabathia/Kuroda/Pettitte/Nova/Hughes or don’t fix what isn’t broken?

    • CountryClub

      Yeah, Cash said CC will get the first start after the break. I think the rest of ur rotation makes sense. Hughes and Nova could be flip flopped.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    I’d just assume go with Adam Warren.. TIme to give the kids a look…

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Not a big deal (hopefully). A couple of starts in June/July aren’t the end of the world, and the team is in 1st place.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Not worried unless this turns into a Gardy 3 month injury. Initial reports/prognosis and what actually happens have been very unpredictable of late….

  • Mike Myers

    Are we better off

    A) Showing off Warren, for trade bait reasons, and pray for a few good starts

    B) Giving the “veteran” a shot, hope he pitches ok, so some one will want to trade for him

    C)Re-Sign Mike Myers and have him throw a few shut outs

    • Erica

      C – Re-sign Mike Myers, of “Wayne’s World” fame.

      No, but I’d go with “D” and call up Phelps – that is, if he’s all stretched out.

    • Gonzo

      You forgot D) Acquire Jamie Moyer and lock him up for the Old Timer’s Game.

      • Mike Myers

        Seriously, Jamie would be older than half the old timers

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I’m sure Arod would love that after the shit Moyer said after the PED stuff came out.

        • Erica

          What did Moyer say?

          • Manny’s BanWagon
            • Erica

              Charming fellow, that Moyer.

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                Yeah. I hate that holier than thou bullshit.

                He should have just kept his mouth shut since most of us could care less what he thought of that situation.

  • HomerBush

    If only ManBan was healthy.. this would be a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the jewel of the farm

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      They could always bring up Betances. He might be able to last 1 or 2 innings before getting bombed off the mound

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    CC has thrown a shit ton of innings the last 4-5 years so missing a few starts might end up being good for him in the long run.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Came in to post this.

      Seems like it should have been one start but Cashman said fuck this see you after the break.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        With a 6 and 7 game lead over TB and Boston, no need to rush him back. Just look at Matt Kemp and Longoria who both got re-injured almost immediately upon returning.

  • thurdonpaul

    Mike, Is this a late april fools joke ?

    • vin

      That’s what I thought at first. CC is indestructable.

      Take your time, big man. Warren, Phelps, Garcia will fill in fine… especially with the other 4 starters consistently giving 7+ innings.

  • RetroRob

    Just rub some Captain Crunch on it. He’ll be fine.

  • jsbrendog

    i’m going against him this week in fantasy. that helps a little. but honestly, best team in baseball. this is a good time for him to take a vaca and heal. dude hasnt had a rest in like, 6 yrs. have some donuts….er..celery sticks… kickback.

  • Frank

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if CC misses more than 2 starts and is out longer than 15 days. Yanks always downplay severity of injuries. And in this case it would make perfect sense in case they are looking to trade for a another starter.

  • Greg

    Two starts shouldn’t be an issue. The problem is that he will miss the Sox series.

  • AndrewYF

    Just my luck. Going to the game on Friday, expecting to see Sabathia. Now I get Freddy.

    I’ve seen all of Freddy’s home starts. I can’t escape his ever-present suckitude.

  • mustang

    I hope the Yankees go with Warren over Garcia. Lets give the kid a chance and see what he has.

  • Adam

    You never know, the way he’s pitched out of the ‘pen in his last few appearances, we could have a good showing.