It might have seemed as if Joe Girardi was taking the easy way out, not wanting to watch any more of the carnage, but that wasn't the case.
"I got thrown out and I have no idea why," Girardi said. "There are days I deserve to get tossed, I will not lie to you . . . I'm shocked. I'm still shocked."
With his team trailing 11-5 and having watched Kelly Johnson take a called third strike to end the fifth inning, Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne.
As Girardi snapped up his clipboard and papers, he tossed a towel -- a white one for those fans symbolically inclined -- from the dugout.
It had not been a pretty night to that point in the hideously-pitched game by both teams, a slog in which the sixth inning began at 9:45 p.m.
Girardi made it clear he wasn't blaming Layne for his club's ninth loss in its last 13 games and rightly so.
The Yankees are a mess from top to bottom, with Vidal Nuño the latest starter in a depleted rotation failing to provide much distance, lasting just 31/3 innings. Alfredo Aceves, the leading candidate to start Thursday's game in place of CC Sabathia before the week started, pitched a second straight night out of the bullpen, ineffective again in allowing four runs and four hits in 12/3 innings. Righthander Chase Whitley will be called up from Triple-A to start Thursday instead. "It's almost like injuries are contagious right now," said Shawn Kelley, placed on the DL Tuesday with a strained lumbar spine.
Even if he doesn't feel it, pressure has shifted to Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees' best pitcher before the losses of Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Sabathia. "No [more] pressure," said Tanaka, 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA coming into Wednesday's start against the Mets at Citi Field.
"Nothing changes what I need to do. I'm just going out there doing my thing."
In the pitching department, not many are doing their thing right now for the Yankees.
"I don't feel like it's snowballing at all," catcher Brian McCann said. "Injuries happen to every team. You have to overcome them and we will."