The Yankees are mullling a six-man rotation. Six? Yup, according to the New York Post and then it must be true. 😉
The Bronx Bombers are trying everything to keep Masahiro Tanaka healty. He was bothered by a small ligament tear in his right elbow, which still may not be healed completely. Even though Tanaka claims that he feels fine, and his performances so far seem to support his statement, the Yankees do not want to take a risk.
A six-man rotation is not very common but it would not hurt the other pitchers in the Yankees’ rotation either. C.C. Sabathia has battled injuries over the past few years. So he could benefit as well.
The only problem may be where the Yankees will get their sixth pitcher from? Chris Capuano disappeared on the DL this week. Next to Tanaka, Sabathia, Pineda and Eovaldi there are some question marks. Ivan Nova is not available yet. He will return from a TJ surgery rehab around mid season. Together with Chris Capuano, Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley were supposed to battle for a fifth spot in the rotation, so that will be an extra spot available for them for the time being.
Since the Yankees sent Luis Severino back to minor league camp, they have one pitcher less to choose from. Despite striking out five hitters in 2.2 innings during this Spring Training, he posted a rather disappointing ERA of 6.75.
If the Yankees want to keep their rotation healty this season, the six-man rotation may be the best option.