Yankees shut down CC Sabathia with knee injury

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CC Sabathia exited Sunday’s start in the third inning with a knee injury and the Yankees have placed the struggling former Cy Young winner on the disabled list with inflammation.

When asked if Sabathia is expected to pitch for the Yankees again this season, manager Joe Girardi replied: “Is it possible that he doesn’t pitch the rest of the year? It’s a possibility.”

Sabathia has been a mess since 2013, posting a 5.01 ERA in 64 starts over that span while pitching through a degenerative knee condition that required surgery last July. This season he has a 5.27 ERA in 24 starts, striking out just 7.4 batters per nine innings while serving up 26 home runs.

Sabathia is owed $26 million in 2016, so the Yankees have incentive to keep showing patience with the 35-year-old left-hander, but there’s little reason for them to rush him back this season.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.