So far, the Yankees have been able to weather the storm caused by injuries to left fielder Brett Gardner and closer Mariano Rivera.
Andy Pettitte was undoubtedly the catalyst of the Yankees' extended hot streak, and his presence served to add poise and confidence to a once struggling and lost rotation.
While Sabathia isn't expected to miss significant time and should be able to return shortly after the All-Star break, what if he can't go?
Can they somehow stay afloat without Pettitte and Sabathia? What will the Yankees do to stay in contention without their two most proven rotation stars?
Chances are, they wouldn't let their World Series aspirations rest in the hands of an unproven commodity from their minor league system—they'd look to add a veteran arm to their rotation.
Who could they look to acquire in a trade?
Let's take a look at five veterans who could be in play to replace Andy Pettitte, as well as the potential of CC's DL stint going awry.