NYdailynews- The Yankees’ ace was placed on the 15-day DL Wednesday with a Grade 1 strain of his left adductor muscle, an injury he suffered during Sunday night’s start against the Mets. Sabathia didn’t inform the team of the injury until Tuesday, when he tested his leg during a bullpen session. Sabathia had hoped to miss only one start, but the team decided to take the cautious route. ”We’re going to play the safe route,” Joe Girardi said. “He didn’t tell us Sunday; he wanted to see if he could make his bullpen Tuesday. He did his bullpen, but he still felt it.” This is Sabathia’s third career trip to the DL, the first two coming in 2005 and ’06 when he suffered oblique injuries.
I’m all about improving your quality of life with new health regimens and diets and shit, but for a good portion of the season, CC hasn’t been quite as sharp as the CC we’ve grown accustom to. I can’t help but wonder if he should have stuck to the old “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” adage. You could really see the difference in his body when he came to the plate against the Mets the other night, looking like a tummy-tucked Forest Whitaker. Someone get this man a box of Cap’n Crunch stat! No one knows if this injury could have been avoided if CC didn’t fun-size himself, but you obviously can’t blame the guy for trying to slim down and stick around for his kids past the age of 43.
In reality, he’s gonna miss 2 starts, maybe 3. But when you start playing around with leg issues, you have to be wary of lingering effects, especially with a power pitcher of his size who relies on a strong lower body. He’s the rock of this staff and if this becomes anything serious, 1 of 2 things is going to happen. Either the Yankees will have to piece together a front-end of the rotation for however long the injury takes, or they’ll potentially compromise the farm system by making a deadline trade. These speculations are obviously worst case scenarios and for now it’s not too serious, but look what happened with Gardner. Let’s just hope it’s a minor injury and that horse can get back up on that horse.