New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia was ruled out injured for 15 days on Sunday after an MRI scan exposed fluid on his knee, according to Bleacher Report.
Sabathia has been added to the disabled list and will spend a minimum of two weeks on the sidelines receiving physiotherapy for his knee. But Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hopeful Sabathia’s injury isn’t too serious and the pitcher will be available to return at the end of the month.
The 33-year-old, who joined the Yankees in 2009 after becoming a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, has struggled so far this season. After eight starts the left-handed pitcher has an uninspiring 3-4 record from a 5.28 ERA, which is his worst statistic in his entire MLB career.
Sabathia picked up the injury after the 5-4 loss to the Brewers and was added to the DL list on Sunday morning. The pitcher conceded just one earned run off eight hits in 5 1/3 innings before coming off injured but has lacked sharpness in 2014.
Fortunately for the Yankees their other starting pitchers have been doing the business in the early season. Off-season signing Masahiro Tanaka has been outstanding with a 5-0 record from seven starts. The Japanese pitcher has struck out an impressive 58 batsmen and has a handy 2.57 ERA record.
With the Yankees sitting on an encouraging 19-16 record and second in the American League East, Girardi will hope Sabathia’s enforced break from baseball will help re-energise his pitcher, to repeat his 2009 form which saw him crowned American League Championship Series MVP.
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