CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda are still “a ways away” from returning to the mound, but New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman doesn’t see any options on the trade market to replace the two starters at the moment.
“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 at the Yankees’ HOPE Week event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum to recognize past honorees. “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.”
The Yankees’ biggest need is probably with the pitching staff at this point.
Sabathia has been out with a knee injury. He was placed on the disabled list on May 11. Cashman said Monday that he has started tossing lightly on flat ground. Pineda will be shut down for seven more days before he begins throwing.
Pineda suffered a muscle strain on April 28. Yankees manager Joe Girardi recently said that Sabathia isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break and Pineda 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.”
The Yankees have also lost Ivan Nova for the season. Cashman said the most likely replacement in the rotation at this point is reliever Adam Warren. He intimated that the Yankees were unlikely to look to pitchers at the Triple-A level but didn’t rule out pursuing arm help on the trade market.
“You’re in a time frame now that within the game anything can happen with any team trade wise,” Cashman said.
Francisco on the way up: Cashman confirmed that catcher Francisco Cervelli (strained hamstring) will be activated Tuesday. Cervelli has been on the disabled list since April 13.
Catcher John Ryan Murphy will likely be sent down to make room for Cervelli.
“John Ryan Muphy's been great. He's done a tremendous job,” Cashman said. “We planned on him having a full development year at Triple-A for us, but Cervelli’s injury opened up the opportunity for him to come on up and we've benefited.”
But the GM added: “I don't have much interest in carrying three catchers.”
Bringing Hope: The Yankees kicked off their annual Hope Week on Monday. They will honor different community groups throughout the week. The Yankees recognized past honorees of Hope Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Monday. Cashman, Mariano Rivera, Ivan Nova and David Cone were on hand.
“It really shines a light on some special things that are happening around this country. It's been impactful,” Cashman said. “It slows the world down a little bit and makes us realize what is around us.”