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Yankees place CC Sabathia on disabled list due to knee injury

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Ahead of Monday night’s game against the Mets, the Yankees announced that starter CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee. The move allows the club to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for pitcher George Kontos, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sabathia, 38, pitched well in Sunday’s start against the Rangers, hurling six shutout frames on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts. It isn’t clear if any particular action caused the knee issue. On the season, the veteran lefty owns a 3.32 ERA with a 106/41 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings.

Sonny Gray could be moved back into the rotation to start in Sabathia’s place while he’s out.

Kontos, 33, was recently acquired from the Indians for cash considerations. In 25 innings in the majors this season, the right-hander posted a 4.68 ERA with 13 strikeouts and seven walks in 25 innings.

Giants fire general manager Bobby Evans

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Earlier today, Craig wrote about a potential shake-up in the Giants’ front office. It didn’t take long for that to come to fruition. Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have fired GM Bobby Evans.

Evans had been with the Giants for 25 years, starting in 1994 as a minor league administrative assistant. He was promoted to director of minor league operations in 1998, became the director of player personnel in 2005, then was named vice president of baseball operations in 2009. For the last four years, Evans has been the Giants’ general manager.

In part due to Evans’ influence, the Giants were quite successful, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. However, the last two years have been the Giants’ worst in quite some time. The club went 64-98 (.395) last year and enters Monday’s action 72-84 (.462) despite some splashy additions in the offseason (Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria).

There will certainly be conversations as to whether or not it’s fair that Evans is the fall guy for the Giants’ recent lack of success. But that’s part of the deal when you’re a public-facing employee in the front office of a baseball team. Pavlovic says it seems unlikely Evans remains with the organization in a different role.

The Giants have reportedly been considering hiring a “high-profile baseball operations executive” to push the team in a new direction. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that Ned Colletti is the favorite to become the new GM. The offseason is still more than a month away, so the Giants have some time to stew on their candidates and not make any rash decisions.