CHICAGO -- New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke to the beat writers via conference call for 20 minutes before Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox, ostensibly to discuss his inability to make a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline expired at 4 p.m. ET.
The conversation quickly veered off, however, into the topic of Luis Severino, the red-hot Yankees pitching prospect who will be promoted to the big-league roster this week to replace the injured Michael Pineda.
Cashman touched on several other topics over the course of the phone call, to wit:
CC Sabathia's status: Sabathia struggled again in Thursday night's 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers, allowing five runs and three home runs in five innings. He was also taken to a hospital after the game, suffering from dehydration from working in 100-degree heat.
Asked if the Yankees were considering removing Sabathia (4-8, 5.54) from the Yankees rotation, Cashman said, "I haven't had any conversations about CC. The intention (with promoting Severino) is, obviously, we have Pineda down and we have to fill that spot."
Cashman said Sabathia, who stayed overnight in a Texas hospital but flew to join the team Friday in Chicago, was much improved. "Obviously yesterday was a tough time with the heat, and he just wound up having a situation that had to be taken care of, and I think he's feeling much better today as was reported to me by [trainer] Steve Donohue, and the great thing I can tell you is you'll be able to ask him yourself here. I'm assuming you'll see him at the ballpark today. If not, you'll see him tomorrow."
The decision to designate Garrett Jones for assignment when the Yankees acquired Dustin Ackley in a trade with the Seattle Mariners: "I appreciate everything Garrett Jones did for us. He could play right, he could play first base and he was a big left-handed bat at Yankee Stadium and a tremendous clubhouse presence. But the defensive side was limited to first and right, and he was a free agent at the end of the year. I did like Garrett Jones in the mix with this club. This was just a different way to improve the club, even though I'm saying goodbye to someone that we really liked a lot."
The Yankees' decision to hold onto prospects Severino, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Jorge Mateo rather than trade one or more for one of the big-name players on the market at the deadline: "We will be relying on our farm system as we have done all year. You will see obviously the use of the [Bryan] Mitchells, the [Diego] Morenos, and now, Severino. We're going to continue to promote from within and utilize that. There's risk in throwing some of the young guys in the Atlantic Ocean and saying, 'time to swim,' but that's also something we're not afraid of in some guys' cases. We just felt that we are staying the course that we had mapped out with our veterans and our youth. I felt it was the right game plan. We believe these players that we're holding on to can really benefit the franchise in the near and long term."
On the possibility that Severino, who is 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA since being promoted to AAA Scranton in late May, might have been called up earlier in the week: "We almost brought him up the other day. I was on the phone (Tuesday) night when (Chris Capuano) came out of the game after two outs in the first inning. I was seriously contemplating it because I think Severino was starting the next day. But then Diego Moreno came in and obviously went as far as he did (5-2/3 no-hit innings) and it allowed me to reshuffle and let Severino make his next (minor-league) start. If Diego Moreno didn't do what he did, then you would have seen Severino already."
On the possibility the Yankees could still add a player or two off waivers between now and the end of the season: "Oh yeah. We'll always try to do that. It's just more difficult and we recognize that, especially right now where we are in the standings on the front end of the waiver trading process, we're not going to have as much access that other teams will in terms of the blocking and stuff like that. The best time to get your business done was the time that just passed. We tried. We engaged. So, today, obviously I'm not able to present anything that I was able to accomplish other than the fact that I am doubling down on what we've got, and that's from this current major league roster that I believe in, as well as the support cast behind it that's knocking on the door in the minor leagues."
On the likelihood that the Toronto Blue Jays, who trail the Yankees by six games in the American League East standings, had improved significantly with the addition of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price this week: "Obviously, they've made significant improvements. All you can do is realize you got your hands full and you already knew you were dealing with a strong opponent and they just got significantly better. We'll have to battle through it, period."