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.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.