C.C. Sabathia returns to the IL
The New York Yankees have placed left-hander C.C. Sabathia on the Injured List yet again, making it the fourth time this season that Sabathia will hit the IL:
The #Yankees announce C.C. Sabathia was placed on the 10-day IL with right knee inflammation. Jonathan Loaisiga was recalled from Triple-A Scranton.
— Bronx Bombers News (@NewsBronx) August 31, 2019
Sabathia was pulled from his start on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics after lasting just three innings. There is no timetable for Sabathia’s return, and it is unclear if he will pitch again.
The 39-year-old announced prior to the start of Spring Training that this would be his final season in the majors. However, the consistent durability issues that Sabathia has suffered this year do not exactly inspire confidence that he will be able to return and pitch effectively for the Yankees.
Aside from the injuries, this has been an incredibly frustrating season for Sabathia. After establishing himself as one of New York’s grittiest and most reliable starters in 2017 and 2018, Sabathia has posted a 4.93 ERA and 5.97 FIP while giving up 27 homers in just 20 starts.
Of course, there have also been some unforgettable moments during this farewell tour, notably when Sabathia topped 3,000 strikeouts on Apr. 30 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sabathia also earned the 250th win of his career on June 19 against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, the inability to stay healthy has made Sabathia’s final season hard to enjoy.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are still looking for quality starting pitching to compliment a prolific offense. After a tough first half, New York’s rotation has been even worse since the All-Star break.
Yankees starters rank 26th in both fWAR and ERA in the second half , consistently relying on their lineup to score runs and bail them out of games. Although he was hardly pitching well, the pitcher’s latest injury is yet another detractor from a unit that has been totally inept all season.