Yankees place CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL with elbow stiffness

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Update by Mike (5:31 p.m.): Just to be clear, Sabathia did have an MRI and everything came back clean according to Sweeny Murti. He’s on the DL retroactively, so the hope is that he’ll miss the minimum two starts.

Update by Joe (4:23 p.m.): Joe Girardi announced that Sabathia will go on the 15-day DL. He told reporters that the concern was “low level,” though it’s tough to imagine him saying anything more grave. Mark Feinsand tweets: “Sabathia has felt some minor stiffness the past couple starts. It hasn’t gotten worse but it hasn’t gotten better.” The idea is to make sure that he’s fresh and healthy for the stretch run. He can come off the DL August 23rd.


Via Mark Feinsand, left-hander CC Sabathia has experienced some minor soreness in his left elbow since his last start. He threw his regular bullpen session yesterday, though there is still a chance the team plays it safe and skips his next start. “Right now, it’s a low-level concern … Long-term, it’s not a big concern,” said Feinsand’s source.

The Yankees can downplay this all they want, but they obviously have to take a conservative approach here. Especially with such a comfortable lead in the division. Play it safe, please.

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  • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno
    • Frank grimes


    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Haha. Toby’s back

  • The Real Greg

    As long as its not full on pain, we’re okay.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
  • Laz

    So Phelps is starting?

    • RetroRob

      The “problem” with Phelps is they keep getting him to the point where he’s stretched out, and then he’s back in the pen where he no longer is stretched out. They could start him, but I doubt he’d give them much more than three innings or so. They’d have to bring up Warren or someone to fill the gap in the pen for that game and one or two after.

      • Laz

        That is from not using him properly. As a starter when he is stretched out they should be using him for longer stretches. Joe keeps bringing him in to get 2-3 outs at a time. Let him throw a few innings, tbh I trust him more than Eppley or Rapada.

  • Jag

    :( Here’s to hoping he’s okay… anything in the elbow or shoulder worries me.

  • jjyank

    Oh come on. This is the last thing we need. I really hope this is just a tick above normal soreness and they’re being careful, but I’m not optimistic.

  • DM

    Rest him and lean on the younger guys. You could option Eppley and bring up Warren to start.

    • hogsmog

      I don’t know why they brought up Phelps again in the first place. Do you think he can slide back in even though he isn’t exactly stretched out?

      • DM

        It would take some time, but I don’t think they’re inclined to do that. Phelps is performing in a valuable role right now — and I think they’ll keep him in it right through to the end (including the post-season).

        • Rich in NJ

          I agree that they will probably keep him where he is, but even with CC healthy, the #3 starter in the playoffs remains as uncertain until Pettitte proves otherwise. So no relieving role beyond closing can be nearly as valuable as a potential playoff starter.

          • DM

            I agree — but I can’t pencil in Phelps as a 3rd starter in the playoffs or otherwise. Phelps pitching well in his current role doesn’t mean he’d maintain that going through the lineup a few times — or at least not any better than Hughes or Nova. The “start Phelps” crowd is making a big assumption based on his relief appearances, but more exposure can change things quickly.

            • Laz

              I would rather give him as shot over freddy though.

  • Get Phelps Up

    As long as he’s ready to take the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS. If he has to miss a few starts, so be it.

  • Rich in NJ

    When CC was put on the DL, Boomer (Esiason) said he thought it was more about resting his arm than his leg. At the time, I thought he was talking out his butt, but maybe he wasn’t.

  • Rey22

    Aaaand PANIC!

  • Kosmo

    Warren or pray for rain.

  • Nick
  • Chris

    Ahhhh!!! Yankee Fans worry to much About Everything. GO YANKEES!

  • vicki

    DL. fuck.

    i guess they’ll call up a-war?

  • Kevin

    He’s on the DL now…ARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

  • RetroRob

    Well after off-season TJS, he should be good to go for 2014.

    Wonder who will pick up his starts. Phelps is logical, but once again he’s not strecthed out, so even if he starts it’s really a bullpen start as he’ll only go three, maybe four if he can keep his pitch count low.

    • Dave M

      “Well after off-season TJS, he should be good to go for 2014.”

      Aren’t we getting ahead of ourselves here?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Never. Remember when we were picking out David Robertson’s casket about he slipped down some steps in Spring Training?

        • Strat

          Never a bad idea. Gonna need the coffin eventually, right?

        • Strat

          Never a bad idea. Gonna need the coffin eventually, right? So now he has that going for him… which is nice.

          • Strat

            Sorry for the double post. BrowserFail

  • Steel

    I love the how girardi has bud lights waiting in the fridge behind him

  • Karl Krawfid

    Should have picked up Clifton Phifer

  • xnyles

    It seems like every team had to deal with an exorbitant amount of injures. Its an odd year.

  • Mike Stanley

    Instead of skipping 1 start like everyone assumed, he now skips two (can come back April 24). Not good, but not a big deal either.

  • yoo-boo

    Oh Boy! Elbow is tricky. Are they being honest about CC’s elbow? If it is serious enough to have the TJS surgery then they will need to start Phelps now and stretch him out for playoff.

    If it is just a sore then Yanks can add Ramon Ortiz to 40 man roster. He can be useful as a long man in September and October.

    • Kevin G.

      I thought it was shoulders that were tricky and teams weren’t as concerned about elbows?

      • Rich in NJ

        Well, there has to be concern, but yes, elbow injuries/surgeries have a far better and a more predictable prognosis.

    • roy in GA

      I have only one word to say: DeWayne Wise

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Start Joba!

    juuuust kidding

    • Rich in NJ

      That should be the goal for next season. For this one, Phelps. If not, jeez…

  • roy in GA

    I would prefer a southpaw while Sabathia gets healthy. Can Pettitte pitch with a walker? Both Monte Stratton and Jimmy Stewart did it on one leg. Russell Martin is good at fielding bunts anyway.

  • The Real Greg

    I would assume its on the 15-day DL like last time.

    It looks like extra caution. Check the waiver wire unless you want to use Phelps.

  • The Real Greg

    Another option could be to pick up a guy like Derek Lowe just for two starts.

  • Wayne

    Phelps should not be starting bring up Brett Marshall. He is pitching good enough in double a . Please no Adam warren!

    • pat


    • johnnybk

      Warren has been pitching very well. Don’t let 3 awful major league innings make you give up on a very talented kid.

  • 28 this year

    You know, injuries seems up in general, especially arm injuries. I wonder if one thing teams to explore this stuff is biomechanics and such like olympic athletes use to perfect technique and equipment in order to perform at the highest level with minimal injury risk. For example, USA Swimming hired several scientists to study different stroke techniques to figure out the best way for sprinters and long distances swimmers to swim with maximum force or longest distance, all sorts of different mechanics to get faster times. I wonder whether baseball teams do this and if not, maybe explore this as a way to try to reduce injuries as a whole. Random stuff will happen, but maybe there are little tweaks that is the difference between a guy who is durable and a guy who is injury prone that extends beyond those labels. Just a thought.

  • Mike Stanley

    How/why are people concluding he needs TOMMY JOHN SURGERY from a minor flareup. Settle down for chrissakes. Good heavens.

  • The Real Greg

    And just so everybody knows, he did have an MRI and it was clean

    • Rich in NJ

      No MRI of a veteran pitcher is truly clean. This is really about being able to pitch without discomfort.

  • Andruw’s Smile

    Cant wait for the hysteria. Let him rest up and come back strong. Maybe a bit of elbow soreness explains why he hasn’t been completely himself recently.

    Let’s see Warren for a couple starts. A rotation of Hirok, Hughes, Nova, Freddy and Warren (or 5th starter filler) should be enough to keep the team afloat.

  • Kevin

    Didn’t the MRIS on Pineda,Gardy and Campos not show anything either?

    • Brian S.

      Those showed tendinitis. Clean =/= tendinitis.

  • Reggie C.

    Not much Cashman can do about losing his no.1 starter at this point. Nova is going to have to build on this start and give the rotation a second no.2 level starter. When Nova is on as he was this afternoon, the young man fits the no.2 starter mold and pretty much lets the bullpen get a rest day.

  • Mike HC

    I’m blaming this on the Brewers when they started him 10 times in a week.

  • The Real Greg

    The fact that this is stiffness and not soreness is good too. No pain is good.

    • rogue

      Yankees have a penchant for understating injuries.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    At least Nova remembered how to pitch today. Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a turnaround for him.

  • Squints

    Guaranteed this is something more serious. Yankees love to BS there fans and then back it up by saying, they experienced a setback, and they experienced a setback in the second week. Before you know it dude has been out a month. In cases like this you gotta treat the Yankees are like any other successful business, they lie to cover their ass and pockets, dont believe them. Bet CC is out at least 3 weeks.

  • DM

    Smart move. He’s cracked the 230 inning mark during the regular season for the past 6 years. Time to start managing his workload a little more carefully.

  • Mick taylor

    Of course cashman could not trade for liriano. Without c.c and Andy there is no need for another lefty. Say goodbye tothe division cashman a/k/a mr budget.

    • DT

      Liriano sucks. What are you smoking. Just because he’s a lefty doesn’t mean he’ll be good. I’ll take Phelps any day over Liriano.

  • Arya

    Brett Gardner just needs some rest then he’ll be back in 2 weeks. Then one month. Then two months. Then the rest of the season. That’s what these doctors do. They misdiagnosed Gardner. They pushed Andy into a setback. Now CC probably had serious elbow issues during his first DL stint, they misdiagnosed again, and now it’s more serious. We’re just in serious trouble right now. Our playoff rotation- Kuroda, Andy, Hughes, Derek Lowe.

  • Captain Crunch Sabthia

    Just my luck! I’ve been going to a Yankee game every year since 2002 and never saw an ace pitcher pitch for the Yankees. I’m going Monday and now I won’t see CC. Oh well, I just hope this is just for 15 days and thats it. I can’t imagine not having him in the postseason.

  • CBean


  • RI$P FTW

    The upside is that CC, Pettitte and Pienda will be WELL rested for 2013.

  • Chris

    OMG!!! Chill out Yankee fans! You all are acting like the Sky is Falling. CC is a Horse! Their just Resting him for the Strecth Run. Go Yankees!

  • http://jorellrivera.com Jorell


    I hope this is just a fluky injury season for CC and not the start of the troubling second half of his Yankee career.