Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia played catch this afternoon, throwing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in mid-July.
Sabathia has now had a pair of stem cell treatments on his knee and is hoping to be healthy by spring training, but the 34-year-old former Cy Young winner is a major question mark at this point.
Before being shut down he posted a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings and dating back to last season Sabathia has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.