CC Sabathia‘s arthritic right knee is acting up again and, as such, the Yankees have placed him on the injured list.
Sabathia pitched against the Orioles last night, laboring through five innings and picking up the win thanks to the Bombers’ bombastic attack. After the game, though, he said he was ailing, referring to a shooting pain that goes through his knee every time he plants while delivering a pitch. At the time he said he might skip “at least” one start, but an injured list trip will probably make it more like two. He said that some rest and a cortisone shot should help his knee get back to playing shape.
Sabathia is in his final year as a big leaguer, having announced his retirement, effective after the 2019 season, before the season began. So far this year he’s 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 34/17 in 41.1 innings across eight starts.
Sabathia could be replaced by Chance Adams, currently at Triple-A for his next start. James Paxton is likewise about to come off the injured list himself, so the Yankees should be able to whether the big guy’s absence pretty well.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.