The New York Yankees are expected to look to handle the loss of Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia from within, using a combination of Freddy Garcia, Adam Warren and David Phelps, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
Sources: Expectation is that the Yankees will look to handle loss of Pettitte/Sabathia from within, with Garcia/Warren/Phelps.As of 6/27/12.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 27, 2012
Jack Curry of the YES Network confirmed these reports, noting that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said he prefers not to go "outside" the organization to help solve his rotation issues.
Sabathia and Pettitte both hit the Yankees disabled list yesterday. Sabathia, who’s dealing with a strained groin, is expected to be back with the club immediately after the All-Star break. Pettitte’s injury is more extensive, a fractured left ankle, and he will be forced to miss at least six weeks of action.
Prior to the announcement of the injuries, Cashman said this weekend that he didn’t think New York had any glaring areas of need. Even after Sabathia and Pettitte have hit the shelf, Cashman has said New York will look within to fill their holes.
If the Yankees do look outside the organization for help, Troy Renck of The Denver Post believes the club could look into Colorado Rockies right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. Renck speculates the Yankees could also target Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, who he says New York has expressed interest in before.
It will be interesting to see if the Yankees call about Guthrie after losing Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia to injuries. New York has had interest in Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano in the past, and he’s likely available through trade as well.