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.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.