Wednesday was a rough day for the New York Yankees, even though they beat the Cleveland Indians to complete a three-game sweep, because their two best pitchers were placed on the disabled list with leg injuries.
CC Sabathia strained his groin during his start Sunday night against the Mets and is expected to miss his last two starts before the All-Star Break.
Andy Pettitte was hit in the leg with a line drive in the fifth inning on Wednesday and fractured his left ankle. He will miss at least two months after being placed on the 60-day DL.
Yankee fans are understandably upset, and many are already thinking about trade options for the team, whether the target be Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, or another starting pitcher.
The losses of the team's best pitchers are obviously upsetting and will have an impact on the performance of the club, but here are six reasons the Bombers will survive Sabathia and Pettitte's injuries and stay at or near the top of the AL East while they are out.