The Yankees’ west coast road trip was an unmitigated disaster. They went 1-6 against the Angels and A’s and their lead in the AL East. They also lost starter CC Sabathia with a strained hamstring.
How long? A long time, reports Christian Red of the Daily News. Brian Cashman told him that he expects Sabathia to be out at least six weeks.
Sabathia had been surprisingly effective this season, helping pick up the slack for the inexplicably ineffective Masahiro Tanaka. Before his injury, the big guy had won his previous five starts. On the year he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts.
Now he’s on the shelf until at least the first half of August.
In addition to losing to the A’s in extra innings, the Yankees lost two players last night: catcher Gary Sanchez and outfielder Aaron Hicks.
Sanchez suffered a minor groin injury while stealing second base in the top of the ninth, on an awkward collision with A’s infielder Chad Pinder. Joe Girardi does not think it’s a major injury and Sanchez will be reevaluated today. Hicks sustained an Achilles injury, forcing him out of the game. Same story there: maybe not serious, to be reevaluated before tonight’s game.
The Yankees have lost three of four on this west coast swing, and have lost starter CC Sabathia. They really don’t need more injuries.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia suffered a strained left hamstring in last night’s start against the Angels. Manager Joe Girardi says the big guy is likely headed for the 10-day disabled list. He’ll have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.
Sabathia said after the game that “it sucks.” And, yes, it certainly does given how good Sabathia has been lately. He had won his previous five starts and had only allowed an unearned run in the four innings he pitched before injuring himself last night. On the year he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts.
His next turn in the rotation is set for Sunday at Oakland. Chad Green or Domingo German are the most likely candidates to take his place.