CC Sabathia won’t make final start this season
For anyone that said that the Yankees had a shot at sneaking into the playoffs, this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. According to ESPN New York, Yankees ace left-hander CC Sabathia has been diagnosed with a grade-2 hamstring strain and will miss his final start of the regular season. The injury takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal.
“We have hopes and beliefs that next year will be a better year for him and for us,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “There’s no point in having him make his last start with an injury.”
Cashman also said that Sabathia suffered the injury in the second inning of the Yankees 5-1 win over the Giants on Friday night. Though he was injured early in the start, he still pitched into the eighth inning to help the team pick up the win. Sabathia was supposed to start Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, even saying himself that he’d be ready by Wednesday. Unfortunately for him and for the Yankees, the injury proved to be serious enough to end his season one start short of the finish line.
Cashman said that the team didn’t reveal Sabathia’s injury sooner because they didn’t want to add any sort of negativity to a team that was scratching and clawing in an attempt to make the playoffs. Now that it seems like that spot is out of reach, it doesn’t seem necessary anymore to withhold information about the injury.
It hasn’t been the best of years for Sabathia, 33, who has notably dropped off this season. He only picked up 14 wins this year as opposed to he went 21-7 in 2010 and 19-8 in 2011. His ERA was also higher than he’s ever seen it at 4.78.
Cashman was honest but hopeful when talking about Sabathia and his future with the Yanks.
“He’s had an interesting year, to say the least,” Cashman said. “The home runs really killed him. But we think he’s retained a number of abilities that should allow him to pitch at or near the top of our rotation next year. ”
As long as he stays healthy, he’s under contract with New York until at least 2016 if he stays healthy with a vesting option for the 2017 season. What happens to CC and the Yankees next year is currently unknown. With the playoffs seemingly out of reach, now it’s time for CC Sabathia to rest up and try and come back stronger for 2014.
What do you think?
Will CC be back to form next season?
Will he still be the Yanks ace?
What changes will the team make this offseason?
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