Yanks' Sabathia out until at least July
If you own CC Sabathia, make plans to be without him for quite awhile. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Sabathia will return from his right knee injury "no sooner than six weeks from now." The New York Post quoted a doctor familiar with Sabathia's treatment as saying that 8-12 weeks is a more likely timetable. Who's going to start the pool on when Cliff Lee will become a Yankee? I'll take July 10.
On to the rest of the news:
Streaming starters: Jason Vargas got knocked around last night, so we're down to 31-18 for the season. Today's pick is Colby Lewis (owned in 1.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Mariners, while Wednesday's selection is the under-the-radar Phil Hughes (18.1 percent owned) at San Diego. Hughes has fooled me before, but I'll buy into 40 strikeouts against six walks in 47 1/3 innings. This FanGraphs article about Hughes' change in approach is interesting.
Plenty of White Sox news: There doesn't appear to be anything too serious going on with 1B Jose Abreu's ankle; SP Chris Sale might be ready to come off the DL this weekend; and closer Matt Lindstrom left Monday's game with an apparent ankle injury. Scott Downs and Jake Petricka finished the game for the Sox. If we're speculating on saves here, I'd lean toward Ronald Belisario for now, but that's a tepid recommendation.
Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman - who is on the DL with a thumb injury - has been working out in the outfield. The Nats say they're just trying to protect Zimmerman's thumb, and I think I believe them. He's not going to replace Jayson Werth or Bryce Harper, and they probably won't move the seeimngly fragile Harper to center field in place of Denard Span. Let's consider this a non-story until further notice.
See you back here tomorrow morning.