CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia expected to be placed on disabled list with knee injury

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The Yankees announced plans for a six-man rotation on Saturday. One day later, they are already back to five starters.

CC Sabathia was forced to exit his start against the Indians this afternoon in the third inning with right knee pain. The veteran left-hander is scheduled to undergo an MRI, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he’s expected to be placed on the disabled list.

It’s a concerning development for Sabathia, who underwent season-ending debridement surgery on the very same knee last July. He has a degenerative condition in the knee which must be managed. In fact, Cashman told Brandon Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger that he had it drained within the last week. Still, the pain is proving to be too much right now.

Sabathia had two strong starts earlier this month, but he has struggled for the most part this season, posting a 5.27 ERA over 24 starts. Only two qualified starters in MLB have a higher ERA. The 35-year-old has allowed 26 home runs in 138 1/3 innings, tied for fourth-most in the majors.