Staffing problems: Mussina joins Yankees' injured list

8/30/2005 - MLB Mike Mussina New York Yankees + more

SEATTLE -- Mike Mussina will miss at least one start because
of slight inflammation on the inside of his pitching elbow,
becoming the fifth and final member of the New York Yankees'
original starting rotation to get hurt this year.
Mussina allowed four runs and six hits in three-plus innings
against Seattle on Monday night, failing to complete the fifth
inning in consecutive starts for the first time since Sept. 12 and
19, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The 36-year-old right-hander, 12-8 with a 4.34 ERA, had been
bothered by the inflammation previously this season, Yankees
manager Joe Torre said before Tuesday night's game against the
"It's not something that just cropped up this morning," Torre
Torre said the Yankees planned to "shut down" Mussina for
three or four days to see if his elbow gets better. Mussina gave up
eight runs in an inning against Toronto last week and was 1-2 with
an 8.17 ERA in five August starts.
Mussina confirmed that the elbow has bothered him this season.
"It has been messing with me on and off, but it hasn't bothered
me to where I couldn't pitch," he said before Tuesday's game.
Mussina said Torre and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre thought
"the last couple of games it has bothered me more than I was
letting on."
"Obviously, I'd rather be pitching," he said. "I know I want
to be out there. This is an important time of the season. But, I
want it to go away and not be an issue, so maybe this is the best
Asked whether Mussina would miss only one start, Torre said,
"We hope that's all he will."
Aaron Small (5-0) might take Mussina's slot for Sunday's game at
Oakland. Small allowed one hit in four scoreless innings as the
Yankees rallied for a 7-4 win Monday.
"That makes sense," Torre said. "But we'll see if there are
other options."
Mussina expects to miss only one game.
"One game should be enough," he said. "At 36, and pitching as
long as I have, you're not always going to be 100 percent."
Randy Johnson has missed two starts this year because of a bad
back, and Jaret Wright was sidelined from April 24 through Aug. 14
with an injured right shoulder.
Kevin Brown was on the disabled list from April 3-17 and June
18-July 18 with an injured back, then went back on the DL on July
28. Carl Pavano hasn't pitched since June 27 because of a sore
right shoulder.
Chien-Ming Wang, who joined the rotation early in the season
because of the injuries, hasn't pitched since July 8 because of
shoulder inflammation but is on a rehabilitation assignment with
Triple-A Columbus and could return in September.
With Mussina out, the Yankees' rotation would include Johnson,
Wright, Shawn Chacon, Al Leiter and Small.