Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda are still “a ways away” from returning from injury (ESPN, June 16).
Cashman said the Yankees would not try to radically patch those holes through trades, but would improve the club with attainable options.
“Ultimately we’re always looking to improve our club. … If anything ever presents itself we’ll take a look at it, but as of right now the best we have and the best options we have are on our 25-man roster, at this point,” Cashman said Monday “Obviously, we have varies of need on both ends [pitching and hitting], to be honest. So we’ll just focus on trying to improve the club in small amounts or big amounts depending on what presents itself as realistic options. Realistic, meaning options that are attainable.”
Sabathia has been out with a knee injury since May 11, while Pineda has been on the DL since April 28 with a muscle strain. Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn’t expect Sabathia back until after the All-Star break, although he has started throwing on flat ground. Pineda has a little longer to go as Girardi said he isn’t due back until August.
“We’re both looking at a ways away for both of those guys still,” Cashman said. “We look forward to getting them back and we anticipate getting them back but unfortunately it’s not on the horizon right now.”