MILWAUKEE — The New York Yankees’ injury-plagued rotation has taken another big hit.
Struggling left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers with inflammation in his right knee. Manager Joe Girardi said he hoped Sabathia would just need two weeks.
Sabathia had right knee surgery at the end of the 2006 season while with the Cleveland Indians. This is the only time he has experienced inflammation since the operation, Sabathia said.
Both skipper and pitcher were relieved that the injury wasn’t more serious.
“See the doctor tomorrow and go from there,” Sabathia said after Sunday’s game. “There’s no tear so hopefully everything will be all right.”
Sabathia is making $23 million this season, the sixth in a deal that will pay him $161 million over 7 years. He is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA, with opponents hitting .301 off him this season.
The Yankees will have to find yet another pitcher to plug into the rotation with Sabathia having been scheduled to pitch next on Thursday night against the Mets at Citi Field in the Subway Series.
The once-reliable ace has lost his touch at a time when the Yankees needed him most. New York is already minus two injured starters in Ivan Nova (season-ending elbow surgery) and Michael Pineda (back). Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka has taken over at the top of a rotation that looked formidable just a few weeks ago.
Right-hander Matt Daley was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Sabathia’s spot on the roster.
Fla. police finish A-Rod docs probe
BOCA RATON, Fla. — A Florida police department has completed its investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s probe into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs.
The investigation ended April 11 with charges filed against only a tanning salon employee, who was arrested after police said his DNA was found on a car the documents were stolen out of.
However, the police report said Major League Baseball was given repeated warnings that the records they sought had been stolen and that they were not to purchase them. Still, they did so anyway for $100,000, the report said. Baseball officials have denied knowingly buying stolen records.
The documents were stolen from Porter Fischer’s car. He took them from Biogenesis, the Miami clinic where he worked. The clinic and its owner, Tony Bosch, reportedly provided drugs to Rodriguez and other major league players.
The Biogenesis scandal led to 14 suspensions last summer. Rodriguez, a three-time MVP, was suspended for the entire 2014 season. He filed two lawsuits against MLB over its investigation but later withdrew them. He has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.