The injury troubles never end for the Yankees. Left-handed starter CC Sabathia has hit the 10-day injured list with right knee pain, according to the team. The southpaw departed from last night’s start against the Athletics after just three innings, and the club confirmed later on in the game that it had to do with Sabathia’s knee. As a corresponding move, the Yankees recalled Jonathan Loaisiga from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 39-year-old has battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout his farewell season. Across 100.1 innings in 2019, the southpaw has put together a brutal 4.93 ERA (5.96 FIP). He also has been extremely dinger prone, allowing a 2.42 HR/9 rate.
“It’s frustrating for sure, especially because I feel like I can still get outs and help the team,” Sabathia said to Randy Miller. “That’s the hardest part, not being able to be out there. And when I am out there, I’m not performing. So it’s frustrating.”
Neither the team nor Sabathia would comment on whether this injury could be it for the left-hander. As the season runs out of games, and as other starters return from the injured list, it’s difficult to envision a role for the veteran southpaw. Here’s hoping he gets a chance for a proper sendoff, a chance for fans to appreciate his contributions to the team over the last 11 seasons.
As for Loaisiga, he too has struggled to stay healthy or pitch effectively in 2019. The 24-year-old sports a 5.12 ERA (5.50 FIP) over 19.1 big-league innings. The right-hander moved to the bullpen in mid-August after a shoulder strain kept him sidelined for most of the season. The team recently optioned Loaisiga to make room for Cory Gearrin.