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Cashman wants to find answers from within

Adam Warren is 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A and will make his Major League debut on Friday against the White Sox.

The Yankees were hit with a double-whammy of injuries to left-handers CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said that his preference is to search for answers within the organization before burning up the telephone lines looking for potential trades.

Sabathia (left groin strain) should be back in the Yankees’ rotation after the All-Star break, missing just two starts, but Pettitte (fractured left ankle) is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

“I would prefer not to go outside,” Cashman said. “Obviously if we do go outside, we’ve done that before. This is part of the process. You have to have alternatives; this gives opportunities for people to step up. Just like some guys in the bullpen have allowed us to step up and withstand some injuries – that’s what Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and [Cody] Eppley have done – we’re going to have to ask for some other guys to do that for the rotation, as well. Let’s play it out and see where it takes us.”

The Yankees have already assigned starts to Adam Warren and Freddy Garcia, and Cashman said that David Phelps could soon be promoted from Class-A Tampa, where he is building back into a starter.

Phelps threw 55 pitches in his last outing at Class-A and could throw 65 to 70 pitches next time. Cashman said that Phelps would have been the first choice if he was ready to serve as a starter, but since he isn’t, the call will go to Warren.

“Warren is by far the next best for us. He’s earned it,” Cashman said. “He almost earned the opportunity last year, too. We’re excited to get a chance to see what he’s got to do. I know this is a day he’s been dreaming about and growing for. Throw strikes, try to eliminate the butterflies, trust the guys he’s got behind him and we’ll see where he takes us.

“He’s earned the right and he’s due for the opportunity. Now it’s going to come, which is great. Whatever happens is going to happen in the short-term; it’s not going to change the fact that we believe he’s a big-league starter going forward here at some point on a consistent basis.”

Cashman: Rivera complication doesn’t affect 2013 return

NEW YORK – The Yankees will not elaborate on a complication found Monday after examination of Mariano Rivera’s right knee, but general manager Brian Cashman said that it is not anything that would impact the closer’s ability to pitch in the 2013 season.

“I have no comment on that, but you can certainly ask Mo about that [Wednesday] when he arrives [at Yankee Stadium],” Cashman said, adding, “It doesn’t affect next year at all. It doesn’t affect anything about next year.”

Rivera, 42, tore the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the meniscus in his right knee last Thursday at Kauffman Stadium while attempting to field a line drive in batting practice.

He was seen by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad as well as Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. David Altchek on Monday, all of whom concurred with the diagnosis of the torn ACL and meniscus given on Thursday in Kansas City.

Rivera is expected to have season-ending surgery when the swelling on his knee dissipates, which could take two to three weeks. Cashman described Rivera as being “in good spirits,” but said that he is ruling out any return to the mound in 2012.

“All the reports I got, it’s all about next year,” Cashman said. “What he’s got is correctable. At a date yet to be scheduled, they’ll have surgery and fix it, he’ll go through the rehab process and we’ll have the player next year.”

Pettitte expected to start for Yankees on Sunday

NEW YORK – The Yankees plan to add Andy Pettitte to their active roster and have him pitch on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, general manager Brian Cashman said.

“I think everyone is in agreement, he’s not going to benefit from any more time down there (in the Minor Leagues),” Cashman said.

The start will be the 39-year-old’s first big league outing since the 2010 ALCS. He came out of retirement this spring after briefly attending camp as a guest instructor.

“If there’s a gap between the old Andy Pettitte and what we’re going to get, I don’t know yet,” Cashman said. “It’ll be nice to get another healthy arm in the mix.”

Cashman said that manager Joe Girardi and his coaches were in agreement that Pettitte could help the big league team after reviewing reports of his last start at Triple-A.

“I think our fans are excited, Andy is excited and I’ll be excited if he plugs in and helps us,” Cashman said.

Cashman joins the Bleacher Creatures

Yankees GM Brian Cashman ventured to the outfield stands and joined the Bleacher Creatures, wearing in his disguise wig, to help out with this afternoon’s “Roll Call” before the top of the first inning.

Vinny “Bald Vinny” Milano, who leads the Roll Call before the contests at Yankee Stadium, sent out a snapshot via Twitter as evidence (thanks to Vinny for permitting us to repost it here):

Cashman: Yankees didn’t try to win AL East in 2010

You remember 2010, don’t you? That was the September that the Yankees seemed to be trotting out guys like Royce Ring, Dustin Moseley, Chad Gaudin and Jonathan Albaladejo with regularity, seeming to take their foot off the gas pedal while the Rays rolled to the American League East title.

The resulting tailspin left some players scratching their heads. As Andy Pettitte said, late in what would be his final big league season: “I know it’s been irritating for me. It’s just like, ‘What are we doing here?’ This game’s not easy, we’re trying to win. That’s all there is to it.”

Well, there was more to it, as Brian Cashman admitted on Sunday. The Yankees didn’t care if they finished first, hoping instead to get healthy for a strong run to repeat as World Series champions. Cashman explained why, saying how a second Wild Card will be good for the game.

“We conceded the division two years ago because of the previous setup,” Cashman said. “I’m not taking away from Tampa Bay’s Eastern Division title, but we didn’t try to win the division. We tried to line ourselves up for the playoffs and that worked. We wound up sweeping Minnesota and going to play the Texas Rangers two years ago because we got our guys healthy and ready to go.”

It has been proposed that baseball will add a second Wild Card to each league that would most likely include a one-game playoff to enter the Division Series, thus creating more incentive for teams to pursue their divisions.

“The division title, the way that Wild Card situation was sitting, was rendered meaningless the way the setup was,” Cashman said. “It rendered whether you were a Wild Card or a division champ, it really meant nothing more than a t-shirt and a hat. That was the reality of the circumstance.”

Cashman said that Major League Baseball took notice as teams were resting players and lining them up for the playoffs, noting that September games weren’t as meaningful as they could be — and perhaps, will soon be again.

“Bud Selig did a remarkable thing adding the wild card and I think he’s now doing another remarkable thing by enhancing the playoff push,” Cashman said. “It’s going to create a lot of buzz and excitement and meaningful games deeper into the season, as it should be. It certainly brings back the importance of being a division winner again.”

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