MLB notes: Yankees starter CC Sabathia returns to injured list

Yankees starter CC Sabathia reached 3,000 strikeouts and 250 wins for his career earlier this season.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

CC Sabathia was placed on the injured list Saturday for the fourth time this year by the New York Yankees.

The 39-year-old lefty, who plans to retire after the season, was removed from his start Friday night against Oakland because of a recurrence of pain in a balky right knee that has bothered him for years. He was put on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation, and the Yankees recalled right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia was scheduled to have his knee drained and receive a cortisone shot Saturday. He could be given another lubricant injection as well, all part of a treatment and maintenance regimen that has become common for the six-time All-Star over the past few years.


Sabathia has struggled since the All-Star break, going 0-4 with a 7.77 ERA in six starts, but hopes to return this season. How much the AL East leaders could expect from him, however, is uncertain. He is 5-8 with a 4.93 ERA in 20 starts overall, and manager Aaron Boone didn’t want to speculate about whether the rest of Sabathia’s final season is in jeopardy.

“I think there’s a realistic chance that he would be back and could even be back pretty shortly,” Boone said. “But we’ll just have to see how it responds in these coming days to the shot and to the draining and everything.

“Everything’s on the table, but first things first is getting this thing right and getting him back to a point to where he’s able to pitch again. But we’re not there yet.”

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner with Cleveland, Sabathia has 251 career wins and surpassed 3,000 strikeouts earlier this season.

He was sidelined in early April, from May 23 to June 2, and then from July 28 to Aug. 17. He made his third start since returning from the injured list Friday and allowed one run in three innings.



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