(Bummer, dude. Courtesy of The AP)
The story has been out there for a little over an hour now, but CC Sabathia will be heading to the disabled list for the first time in his Yankee career after suffering a Grade-1 strain of the adductor muscle in his left leg.
Chad Jennings of LoHud has the backstory and the latest details on the situation, but it doesn't sound like anything serious; more precautionary than anything. CC felt something in his start on Sunday against the Mets and it was still there during his latest bullpen, so with the All Star break coming up the decision was made to 15-day him and let him get back to 100%. It's the smart play considering CC is the ace of the staff and the Yankees have a cushion in the division right now.
Freddy Garcia will take CC's spot in the rotation while he's out. Shouldn't be more than 2 starts. If any additional important details come up, I'll update as needed.
** UPDATE- 1:50PM- Not CC-related, but Andy Pettitte was knocked out of today's game in the 5th inning after taking a line drive off his left shin/ankle. Limped off the mound, and Freddy Garcia is now in the game as part of the carousel of pitchers trying to replace him. No news on Andy's condition yet, but this could throw an even bigger wrench into the Yankees' current rotation situation. **
** UPDATE- 2:47PM- Yankees are saying the diagnosis for Andy is a fractured left ankle. No surgery planned, but he's expected to miss at least 6 weeks. Suddenly the rotation is looking very thin. **