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Fri, 29 Jun 2012 03:54 AM EDT

Yankees ace CC Sabathia is heading to the DL with a strained muscle in his left leg. The left-hander will be out until after the All-Star break, but executive Joe Girardi expounded that if all goes right, Sabathia will miss only 2 turns in the rotation.

Sabathia did not want to go on the disabled list, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman told him that the club wouldn’t take any chances with his health. NFL betting lines

“Better safe than sorry,” Cashman declared.

In Sabathia’s place, Freddy Garcia was in line to start Fri. against the Chicago White Sox, but he came on in relief when Andy Pettitte was hurt in the 5th inning.

Garcia has been pitching as a long man since being bounced from the rotation after 4 early-season starts. Minor leaguer Adam Warren is also expected to be called up for the 1st time, Cashman said.

Girardi said the strain is in Sabathia’s adductor muscle, which is found in the inner thigh near the groin. Doctors classified the injury as a Grade 1 strain, according to Girardi.

Sabathia originally felt pain in the leg during the 4th inning of his start Sunday night against the Mets. Sabathia did not tell anybody with the Yankees about the injury until it lingered during a bullpen session on Tuesday.

The N.Y Yankees sent Sabathia for an MRI to try the severity of the injury. Cashman believes that Sabathia would be well placed to pitch with the pain if the team was in the stretch run, but at this point in the season, the Yankees are playing it safe in spite of the pitcher’s reluctance to be disabled.

“You have to guard players from themselves,” Cashman expounded.

Cashman asserted that when Sabathia does return after the break, he likely will start in the back of the rotation to give him one or two additional days of rest. Girardi recounted he’s been assured that the more than 15 days of rest will take care of the injury.

Sabathia was scheduled to start Friday and Wed. in Tampa, Fla., before the break. He was set to miss the last series of the 1st half against the Red Sox. The Yankees considered pushing back Sabathia’s next start rather than putting him on the disabled list, but ultimately deemed that too risky.

“Our thought is you are maybe risking him 7 or 8 starts, if he hurts it worse,” Girardi said.

Sabathia is 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA, while Garcia is 1-2 with a 6.91 ERA. Girardi calculated that Garcia will throw only 50 to 60 pitches on Friday.

“There isn’t any doubt we’re going to miss him,” Girardi asserted of Sabathia. “We have a pretty experienced club. We lost the best closer ever. We managed to respond. We lost our setup guy, and we managed to respond. We were without Alex [Rodriguez] for the 1st couple months a couple of years ago, and we were able to get through that. We just have to fight thru it. Our belief is it’s only going to be 2 starts.”

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