Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday that surgery is an option for Greg Bird’s ailing right ankle, but the Yankees also received some pleasant news on the injury front.
Joe Girardi said before the Yankees’ 6-3 win over Toronto that he expects both CC Sabathia and Adam Warren to be activated off the disabled list for Tuesday’s game. Sabathia will start, bumping Luis Cessa out of the rotation.
Neither Sabathia nor Warren required a minor-league rehab stint.
“That’s a good feeling being on the other end, receiving some good news,” Girardi said. “I feel good about our two pitchers coming back [Tuesday]. There’s nothing to lead me to believe they won’t be back [Tuesday].’’
Sabathia last started June 13 in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. He exited after four innings with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and a prognosis that originally said he could miss at least four weeks. Sabathia, who is 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last six starts, beat that timetable.
“I feel good and I’m ready to go,” said Sabathia, who is 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts. “I’m looking forward to get back out there tomorrow. Obviously, when I first got hurt, I didn’t know how long it was going to be. So to be able to be back in three weeks will be good.”
The June 13 loss on the West Coast began a 20-game stretch in which the Yankees won six games and lost several key players to injuries. Since Sabathia went down, the Yankees have placed Warren (2.23 ERA in 32 ⅓ innings), Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday, Tyler Austin and Dustin Fowler on the disabled list.
“It’s a long season,” Sabathia said. “You’re going to have ups and downs. We started out so fast, and right now, we’re just battling.”