TAMPA, Fla. - The Yankees entered spring training with rotation depth as one of their biggest concerns.
That depth is about to be tested.
Lefthander Chris Capuano, signed to a one-year, $5-million deal this winter to likely be the No. 5 starter, left Wednesday afternoon's game after two batters with a strained right quad, an injury incurred while covering first base.
Results of the MRI showed a Grade 2 strain.
"I'd be surprised if he's not down for a while," Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 10-6 loss to the Red Sox.
The injury opens the door for a righthander such as Adam Warren, Chase Whitley or Esmil Rogers, each of whom was to prepare this offseason as starters, to claim the spot. Warren has been impressive, allowing one run in two starts and Girardi singled out Rogers, a righthander acquired from Toronto last season, as standing out so far.
Veteran righthander Scott Baker, unimpressive in his first start of the spring last Saturday in Kissimmee against the Astros when he allowed three runs and six hits in an inning, will also get a look, as will righty Bryan Mitchell, who was not good Wednesday but has still impressed both the Yankees and opposing team scouts already this spring.
"We'll look at everyone, that's the bottom line," Girardi said.
Though there has been plenty of buzz in camp regarding the Yankees' top pitching prospect, Luis Severino, the righthander has only six starts at Double-A Trenton and is all but certain to start the season in the minors.
Big day for CC, Tanaka
CC Sabathia, brought along slowly this spring after offseason surgery on his right knee, will pitch in a simulated game this afternoon. Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring debut later that night, at home, against the Braves.
"Everything's been as good as we can expect for all those guys thus far and so tomorrow will be another step in the process," general manager Brian Cashman said.