Yankees starter CC Sabathia suffered a strained left hamstring in last night’s start against the Angels. Manager Joe Girardi says the big guy is likely headed for the 10-day disabled list. He’ll have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.
Sabathia said after the game that “it sucks.” And, yes, it certainly does given how good Sabathia has been lately. He had won his previous five starts and had only allowed an unearned run in the four innings he pitched before injuring himself last night. On the year he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts.
His next turn in the rotation is set for Sunday at Oakland. Chad Green or Domingo German are the most likely candidates to take his place.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.