The Yankees' hitting spoiled their World Series hopes, but there are plenty of questions about their pitching heading into the offseason.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild gave several hints as to what he expects the Yankees staff to look like in an interview with SiriusXM Radio yesterday. The Yankees have a handful of question marks regarding their pitching staff with Andy Pettitte considering another retirement, Mariano Rivera undecided if he wants to pitch again and Hiroki Kuroda, who was made a qualifying offer by the team yesterday, contemplating a return to Japan, according to Rothschild.
Rivera tore his ACL in early May, and vowed to return for the 2013 season. But recently he told general manager Brian Cashman that he was having doubts. Making the situation even cloudier is the fact replacement closer Rafael Soriano, who also was given a qualifying offer yesterday, just opted out of his contract.
"At the end of the season I thought for sure he was coming back because of all the rehab he had done and everything he had done leading up right to the end of the season," Rothschild told former Mets general manager — turned SiriusXM host — Jim Duquette of the 42-year-old Rivera.
"When I got home I heard the talk that he may not come back and he may retire, but I don't know. I would bet anything that he's coming back, but I have not talked to him," Rothschild said. "I've kind of left him on his own cause that's a decision he has to make. I'll talk to him in the next week or 10 days, but there's no parameters [on when he has to make the decision] and Cash will handle that part of it."
Rothschild also talked about Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who recently had arthroscopic elbow surgery after experiencing some pain in the postseason. The Yankees say they are confident Sabathia will be fine for the start of the season, but Rothschild said they may want to limit his innings.
Rothschild unsure if Rivera will return
New York Post | Nov 3