Ever since June 27, when Andy Pettitte suffered a fractured fibula on his left ankle, we've all wondered two things.
One: Are the Yankees going to trade for another starting pitcher?
Even in fellow Featured Columnist Michael Moraitis' story, he speculated on pitchers that the Yankees could get if Pettitte's injury doesn't heal properly.
Well, I think I can safely say that Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn't making any deals this month to pick up another starter.
I think he'd rather solve the problem in-house first, which means guys like Freddy Garcia and David Phelps could get chances to pitch in the playoffs.
The second thing we all wonder is: When Pettitte is going to return to the Yankees?
He's eligible to come off the disabled list on August 27, but the Yankees aren't in any rush to make Pettitte return sooner than he's ready to.
His ankle has to heal properly for him to be effective when he returns.
He's the key to them making a playoff run. And in this slideshow, here are five reasons why Pettitte is the key to the rotation and the playoffs.