As part of our weekly rankings of the best local athletes by uniform/jersey number, we continue with 59-50.
Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera.
The Bombers spent nearly $500 million in the offseason and this was the year that the Mets were finally expected to contend. Let’s just say it hasn’t worked out for either party.
With 44 games remaining, the Yankees do not possess the fear-inducing aura of Bronx Bombers teams of recent vintage. And unless the front office changes its philosophy, it’s only going to get worse.
After docs removed a bone spur last week, Sabathia acknowledged his knee probably wouldn’t return to 100 percent. It wasn’t much of a surprise when the comment made headlines.
The long shot that was the Yankees getting CC Sabathia back into the rotation at some point this summer is now officially an impossibility.
“I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I’m trying to do, but it is easier said than done.”
Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.
Nabbing either Samardzija or Hammel would have done Brian Cashman a lot of good. But since the A’s swooped in and grabbed them both, the Yanks GM has apparently flown into panic mode.
The Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.
The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Yankees. They have lost five games in a row, are below .500 for the first time since April 11, and seemingly can’t hit to save their lives. Now, their horse left-hander has again come up lame.
If the Yankees go 27-14 at home and 18-10 on the road they could finish with 92 wins, which could be enough to win the AL East, let alone secure a Wild Card spot.
The 32-year-old Miller pitched in one game for the Yankees last year. He’s also played for Baltimore, Colorado and Oakland.
Sabathia says he had “no issues” during his 34-pitch outing Tuesday at the Yankees’ minor-league complex. He’s scheduled to pitch in a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game on Saturday.
CC Sabathia is going south, to Tampa, that is. That’s good news for the Yanks because the trip represents a major step forward in getting off the DL.