While the Yankees expect to fill the void Masahiro Tanaka ‘s injury has left internally, general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t put his cell phone on silent.
We’re always open to outside help, Cashman said before the Yankees faced the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday, no matter what time of the year it happens to be.
I’ll throw a month out there, I don’t know, the general manager said. Could be sooner, that could be long. But I’d rather under promise and over perform on everything if we can.
Sabathia wasn’t close to at his best. Still, it was enough to keep the Yankees in the game.
Over 5 1/3 innings, Sabathia struggled with his control, walking just one batter but giving up nine hits. He struck out four.
He was coming off one of his best outings of the year, a 7 2/3-inning, three-run effort vs. the Rays that ended in a loss. He’s 1-2 in his last three starts but he’s gotten just five runs of support over that span.
Instead, the Yankees’ powerful offense went mostly quiet in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on the rare night it was mostly filled.
Middle-of-the-order hitters Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez combined to go 0-for-10.
They entered the night with their offense in a deep skid, having scored the 10th most runs in baseball in June but the third most in the whole season. Meanwhile, the Rays churned out 10 hits.
Early favorite Peyton Barber averaged just 3.9 yards per attempt last year, while challengers Jacquizz Rodgers (only 3.8), Charles Sims (only 3.9 for his career) and Ronald Jones (a rookie second-round pick) aren’t blowing anyone away yet.
The receiving corps is deeper now because they’ve given themselves several relatively talented options to replace Bryant (Tavon Austin comes over from the Rams, Deonte Thompson from the Bills, Allen Hurns from the Jaguars and Michael Gallup from the third round of the draft). But none of those guys look as though they can be lead dogs out wide, and veterans Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are also best-suited for complementary roles.