CC Sabathia was shut down earlier this month due to an arthritic condition in his right knee, but he could still have a role in the Yankees’ rotation during the stretch run.
According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, Sabathia threw 30 pitches today in his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list. The veteran southpaw slated to throw another one before facing live hitters. Assuming he makes it back to the Yankees this season, general manager Brian Cashman said that the plan is to use him as a starter as opposed to a reliever.
That’s not necessarily a good thing for the Yankees, who enter play tonight 1 1/2 games back of the Blue Jays for first place in the American League East. Sabathia, 35, has struggled to the tune of a 5.27 ERA over 24 starts this season. He has allowed 26 home runs in 138 1/3 innings.
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.