Update (6:41 PM ET): The game has been postponed due to inclement weather. The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Thursday.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that lefty CC Sabathia has been activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the club’s game against the Tigers. He will pitch opposite fellow lefty Matthew Boyd.
Sabathia, 39, lasted only three innings in an August 30 start against the Athletics due to discomfort in his right knee. He had fluid drained from the knee and went on the IL.
Sabathia is retiring after the season. If the Yankees keep their rotation in tact through the end of the regular season, Sabathia will have four more starts. He currently holds a 4.93 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 36 walks across 100 1/3 innings.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.