Girardi confirms Chase Whitley will start on Thursday


As expected, right-hander Chase Whitley will start Thursday’s game in place of the injured CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi announced. Alfredo Aceves has pitched in relief in each of the last two games, taking him out of the running. The Yankees will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Whitley, but that won’t be difficult. Aceves can dropped from the roster and Bruce Billings (forearm) could land on the 60-day DL.

Whitley, 24, had a 2.39 ERA (1.72 FIP) in 26.1 innings across six starts and one relief appearance for Triple-A Scranton this year. He was originally drafted as a reliever and spent most of his career in the bullpen, up until late last season. Whitley has not thrown more than 88 pitches in a start this season (more than 78 pitches only once), so it’s probably not reasonable to expect 100+ pitches out of him Thursday. Given the current state of the pitching staff, he has a chance to stick around for a while if he pitches well.

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  • forensic

    And so begins the career of the next great Yankees homegrown pitcher!

    • tom

      Agreed. He is a fun to watch. Hopefully, he wins Girardi’s trust.

  • dc1874

    Preston Clairborne..Chase Whitley… whose next Thurston Howell ??

    • Yankenstein

      Good God, Buffy !! Their drinking domestic !

  • Bo Knows

    what is the the reports on whitley, velocity,types of pitches thrown?

    • ALZ


      This was the best I could find. Believe this is based on him as a starter, which has his velocity bit lower than other places.

      3 decent pitches
      low 90′s fb with sink.
      86 mph slider
      unimpressive changeup.

      • ALZ

        and shows good command.

  • Donnybaseball72

    With only 11 pitchers on the current roster my guess is Almonte will be optioned to make room for Whitley.