CC Sabathia’s Injury Creates Pitching Openings

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia is out for the rest of 2014, with the hope is that he will be back in time for Spring Training in 2015. According to reports from ESPN, the New York Yankees pitcher will undergo arthroscopic debridement surgery next week. This surgery comes after a rough couple of years on the mound, as rehab of the knee has not worked. Sabathia’s surgery is untimely for the Yankees, as the team has lost Ivan Nova, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda already this season. Additional pitching openings for those on the farm team and from around the league open with CC Sabathia’s departure.

Luis Severino is a 20-year-old pitcher who throws in the mid-90s, has a slider and changeup that could the next big thing for the Yankees, according to Will Kuntz, the former head of scouting for the New York Yankees. Kuntz first saw him pitch in 2012 and was so excited about what he saw that he “instantly [knew] he was a stud”, according to an article published by CBS Sports.

Severino has started 18 games this season, playing for Charleston of the South Atlantic League and for Tampa of the Florida State League – both are Class A affiliates of the New York Yankees. His ERA of 2.45 and his average of 10 strikeouts per nine innings has promoted him to Double-A. While he will not be called up this season because of inning restrictions, he is, according to Kuntz, one to watch. Spring training 2015 should earn him the call.

An article on NJ.com last week provides little hope that the Yankees will finish their season strong since they were already in third place in the American League East before Tanaka’s injury. Whitley has been rocky, at best, leaving little hope that the Yankees will do anything but drop in the standings. Tanaka and Ivan Nova, who had Tommy John surgery earlier this season, paved the way for new pitchers while CC Sabathia’s knee created the final openings.

It is not just the pitchers for the New York Yankees who are hurting in this year. A bone spur kept Carlos Beltran out for a month. Derek Jeter plays one less day per week to help keep him injury-free. The rest of the team may not have what it takes to carry the New York Yankees the rest of the season with Tanaka and now CC Sabathia officially out the rest of 2014.

Cole Hamels of the Phillies has both the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox interested in his abilities says Sports World News yesterday. Hamels could add depth to the Yankees young lineup, which includes the rookie Shane Greene and Chase Whitley. Cashman has until July 31 to make any improvements in the pitching rotation.

Starter Brandon McCarthy told USA Today he will go out every day and do what he can do to pitch his best. He, like Cashman and Girardi, is confident that his team can overcome the pitching deficits left by CC Sabathia and Tanaka and use the openings created by injuries to bolster the team and finish the 2014 season strong.

Commentary by Sara Kourtsounis

Sources:
ESPN
CBS
Sports World News
NJ.com
USA Today

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