Yankees place CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL with fluid in his knee

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CC Sabathia injured
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The Yankees will be without CC Sabathia for at least the next two weeks. After last night’s game he had an MRI on his right knee, which revealed fluid build-up. He will have it drained, which will keep him out of action and necessitate the DL trip.

The good news: the MRI showed no tear, so Sabathia should need only the minimum stay on the DL.

For right now the Yankees have recalled RHP Matt Daley. Joe Girardi says that Al Aceves is the leading candidate to take Sabathia’s start Thursday against the Mets. That’s not set in stone, though. Just before the Sabathia news broke, we learned that RHP Chase Whitley had been scratched from his start at AAA Scranton. Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune speculates that Whitley could be up to replace Aceves as the long man, with Preston Claiborne headed back to AAA. It could just as well be Daley headed back to AAA tomorrow if that’s when they decide to make the move. Whitley is not on the 40-man roster, which causes further complications.

While Sabathia has struggled at times this season, he has shown some definite signs of life, particularly as he continues to strike out hitters. His problems seem to center on consistency. Perhaps he can right the ship upon return at the end of May.

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  • Chip Rodriguez

    Oy. If there was ever a time for Kuroda to find his rhythm and click…

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Hey, at least there’s already movement in that direction with him.

  • Jersey Joe


  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, I know he has been not great to bad so far this season, but I’d much rather new and less improved CC trying to figure out his lesser stuff out there than Aceves. I can really only think of 2 ways this could have been worse.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      This could be good though. Maybe it gives him a chance to try and fix his problems instead of trying to do it during the season.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    So much can we link what we see on the mound to this? While I think reinventing himself as a “finesse” guy is a permanent thing (HEY, LOOK! CHAD JENNINGS IS ON TV! AND HE’S TOTALLY THE HIPSTER I THOUGHT HE WAS,) I wonder how the knee relates to his ability to locate. Hopefully, something good comes out of this for him. Obviously, not much good comes out of this for the rotation as whole, as we are spread massively thin already until Pineda returns.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Abortion incoming, take 2.

  • forensic

    Must be from all that hard hustling he does to cover first…

    Seriously though, it’s good that he’s out of the rotation for now to stop helping to kill it. It just sucks that they’re out of guys who have a realistic chance to be that much better than he was.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d forgotten about the play last night. Yeah, that sucked.

      • forensic

        It’s not even just last night, it’s an epidemic with him.

        At least with his terrible pitching I can believe that he’s actually trying his hardest. Those plays at 1st and things like his first AB last night (man on 1st, no outs, fake bunt/swing away, horrible bunt attempt, GIDP) are the ones that are inexcusable to me. That’s not having your head in the game and hustling and the AB almost seemed like he was putting himself above the team by still somehow thinking he can hit. Just give yourself up and stop costing the team runs with your pitching, defense, and now adding offense on top of it (that’s a potential run they missed out on after the 2 out rally following it).

        Sorry, just had to get those rants out after catching up on part of the game last night…

        • The Guns of Navarone

          CC falls to the third base side of the rubber pretty drastically and with a man of his size it’s only that much more difficult to recover. I’ve seen him make the play and cover, but only if it’s the most routine of routine plays with a slow runner jogging down the line. Not trying to make excuses for him because I personally think he should be doing a better job covering that play (it is an epidemic with him), but that’s just my observation

    • Dalek Jeter

      Like I said in my comment; CC has been anywhere from subpar to outright bad, I agree on that…but I think I’d rather have him out there trying to figure it out than Aceves who has an ERA over 5, an FIP near 5, a WHIP near 1.5, a 3.9 BB/9 and has allowed 19 homers in 121 innings in the last two seasons coming into this season.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        And forget the one-to-one, it simply just weakens the pitching depth at a time where things are as thinned out as can be.

        It’s not a good thing, no matter how much some of our attention-seeking friends below repeat it.

  • Frankie Beans

    Same ol Yankees guy can either bat .192 or not pitch very well and you’ll still be in the lineup or a #1 starter. Big contracts mean no matter what you do on the Yankees you will always play. Same ol of the same ol sh!t!

  • BrianMcCannon

    And 3 months ago I thought it’d be a great idea to trade Phelps. Jeez…

  • Frankie Beans

    Just look at the lineup today are you serious? Beltran, Ells, Soriano McCann all off? What the fvck is seriously going on with this team? This is called managing? When do these loses start adding up? Oh wiat nm it’s only May. Can anyone on this fvcking team play a whole month or better yet a week witout needing a day off? Holy sh!t Batman get Joe the fvck outta here already.

    seriously four starters off REALLY? What a fvcking sh!t show they turned out to be!

    • Michahiro Pinaka

      I looked. Ellsbury is starting. What lineup did you look at?

    • jjyank

      If you’re going to curse that much, stop trying to pretend that your comment is kosher by using a “v” instead of “u”. Just makes you look like more of an ass than you already look.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    YES! I’ve been calling for this for months. People will say, what will we do without all these starters? CC wasn’t a starter, folks. Whomever they put in there has no pressure on him because all he has to do is pitch better than a 5 ERA. Aceves, Warren, anybody can pitch better and I hope they do and CC loses his spot in the rotation.

    • Frankie Beans

      You know I’m not trying to be a jerk about this but I’m dead serious on what I said. Why do these guy get off every other day? I don’t understand.does anyone not see a problem with this? When are they going to let their starters play?

      • Michahiro Pinaka


        “Same ol Yankees guy can either bat .192 or not pitch very well and you’ll still be in the lineup or a #1 starter. Big contracts mean no matter what you do on the Yankees you will always play.”


        “When are they going to let their starters play?”

        So which way do you want it?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          The “loud noises” part.

          • Michahiro Pinaka

            I believe this guy is the Fredo of the Eddard Family.

  • will

    they all suck collectively, So i don’t have a problem with the days off.

  • Murphy Jr.

    *cough* Phantom DL *cough*

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They just remove fluid from knees for shits and giggles nowadays.

      • trr

        If you look hard enough I guess you could find some reason to DL almost any player…I don’t doubt there was fluid in the knee, but obviously this DL stint is about giving him time to take a break, perhaps come back with a better focus. Also, WTF else can they do? He’s getting his brains beat out every 5 days.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I rather strongly believe the knee’s the primary reason here.

  • M-Three

    My guess is when Whitley is up tomorrow that Matt Daley gets DFA to make room. By now I think everyone has realized that Daley is you run of the mill AAAA type reliever and shouldn’t be on the 40 man roster.

    • ikl

      I think that they are waiting for Billings to come off the DL so that they can DFA him for Whitley. They should be able to do so soon, but I think that they can’t DFA him while on the Major League DL.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Can we please stop hearing all this “CC can really hit, you know!” stuff? He’s 2-23 hitting as a Yankee.

  • Mikhel

    UGH… I like Aceves but I do not want him starting, he is better in relief and under pressure in the mid innings.

    I’ve watched him do a marvelous job starting, but I don’t know, if he fails we would not have anybody to do what he can do in relief.

    And to think the Yankees could have signed Earvin, Ubaldo and others who were available late in the offseason.

  • 461deep

    Knee hurt-fluid a little suspicious as it came out of the blue. No recent mention from team as I recall.

  • EndlessJose

    Love Aceves as a reliver as he was a good closer for the Red Sox until replaced but as a starter he like Nuno and Warren there long man relievers or mop up guys.

  • http://riveravenueblues Mississippi doc

    Stop all the complaining. CC is on the DL whether for a legitimate health reason or for R and R. Of course it is not a good thing. Nor is it a good thing that he is struggling. It’s not like Girardi is responsible for the injuries or CC’s subpar performance so far. And Girardi did not exactly choose Aceves over Cliff Lee. Girardi is pitching what he has got. Hopefully CC benefits from the rest as did Moose a few years ago in a similar situation. And hopefully someone turns into this year’s Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon. If Cashman had listened to us, they would not have any pitchers to use as starters since we would have traded them for some infield depth, for someone like Chone Figgins.