Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that CC Sabathia, who pitched effectively but failed to get his 20th victory Wednesday against the Rays, won’t get another start before the postseason.
With the first game of the ALDS falling nine days after Sabathia’s start Wednesday, there was no good way to have him pitch again during the regular season. The current plan is for him to throw a simulated game Sunday, allowing him to work next Friday on something close to a normal schedule.
Girardi said today that Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova would start the three games against Boston this weekend.
As for Phil Hughes, he could get a start against the Rays next week. He said Thursday that his back is improved after Wednesday’s epidural. He’ll throw a bullpen this weekend and could start Tuesday or Wednesday. His performance then will likely dictate whether he’s included on the ALDS roster.
Barring a change of heart from the Yankees, Sabathia will end the season 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 237 1/3 innings. It’s the third time in his career that he’s won exactly 19 games. His lone 20-win season came last year. It’s his second-highest strikeout total behind his 2008 mark of 251 K’s for the Indians and Brewers.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.