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.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.