Yankees starter CC Sabathia expects to undergo a knee replacement in the future, the pitcher told reporters Saturday. For now, however, the veteran southpaw appears to have made a sufficient recovery from the recurring bone-on-bone arthritis that has compromised his career over the last five years.
Sabathia is expected to slot back into the Yankees’ rotation when they face off against the Red Sox for the series finale on Sunday evening. The 38-year-old is verging on his second full decade in the majors and still going strong: Through his last start on May 22, he boasts a 3-1 record in eight outings with a 3.48 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 7.4 SO/9 through 41 1/3 innings.
There’s no doubt that Sabathia has weathered more than his fair share of ailments over the last few seasons, however, from chronic arthritis to a worrisome artery blockage in his heart. With regard to the former condition, the lefty said that he’ll try to lose weight in order to alleviate some of the pressure on his knee; barring that, surgery may be inevitable if he intends to pitch through the remainder of his one-year contract with the club.
In a corresponding move, rookie reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. has been sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear a roster spot. The 24-year-old pitched to mixed results during his brief time in the big leagues this spring, allowing six runs and five walks and striking out 13 of 50 batters in his first 11 innings.
The Yankees are scheduled to take on the Red Sox at 7:05 PM EDT on Sunday. Opposite Sabathia, Boston will send southpaw David Price to the mound as the team looks to stave off a sweep and climb above .500.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”