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CC Sabathia leaves game with right hip soreness

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Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia departed Friday’s start against the Orioles after experiencing some soreness in his right hip, per a report from the team. The full extent of his injury is not yet known, though he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI later this evening.

This was Sabathia’s second start of the 2018 season. He pitched through four innings and finished his evening with three strikeouts and three home runs. Manny Machado went deep in the first inning and returned in the third for another solo shot, while Chris Davis picked up another one-out homer in the fourth. Sabathia hung on to get the last two outs — back-to-back strikeouts versus Tim Beckham and Anthony Santander — before making his exit between innings.

The 37-year-old southpaw missed 30 days on the disabled list last year after sustaining a left hamstring strain and right knee inflammation. He went 14-5 in 27 starts with the club and finished the year with a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 148 2/3 innings.

The Yankees currently trail the Orioles 3-2 in the top of the seventh.

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.