New York Yankees Rotation Thins Out Quickly

6/27/12 in MLB   |   Anthony_Raia   |   37 respect

The New York Yankees have been on a tear lately, such a tear that they have overcome their slow start to launch themselves to the top the standings in the whole league. While the offense has had its moments, the turnaround for New York has been their starting pitching finally turning a corner. Phil Hughes has strung together solid starts over the past month and half. Hiroki Kuroda has been lights out lately. However the best pitchers over the stretch have been C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. That is about to change.
June 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia (52) reacts in the dugout after being removed from the game against the New York Mets during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Earlier today the Yankees found out that they would be sending C.C. Sabathia to the DL for 15 days with a strained groin.  After that news broke, Andy Pettitte took the mound against the Cleveland Indians. In the midst of throwing a gem, Pettitte took a line drive off of his ankle. He threw one more pitch before being pulled from the game and being diagnosed with a fractured ankle. Pettitte will miss at least six weeks.

A rotation that lost Michael Pineda before the season now has two serious holes to fill, hopefully only temporary. Adam Warren will take Sabathia's spot in the rotation and Freddy Garcia will take Pettitte's spot. If either were to falter, David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell are waiting in the wings. The Yankees also had scouts at Zack Grienke's start for the Brewers today, so take that as you will.
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