NEW YORK — The revolving door to the New York Yankees’ pitching rotation took another turn Monday when C.C. Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his troublesome right knee.
Manager Aaron Boone said he was hopeful that Sabathia, who will be replaced in the rotation by Luis Cessa, will miss only one start.
Though Sabathia’s right knee has been a chronic cause for concern, his pitching lately had given no reason to be worried about his health. He delivered his best start of the season Sunday, allowing one hit in six shutout innings in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers. In his previous start, Sabathia struck out a season-high 12 batters.
Sabathia has been pitching with a knee brace on his right knee for more than three seasons and also receives lubricating injections to ease movement in what he has described as a degenerative knee. The Yankees reconfigured their rotation after the All-Star break so that Sabathia, who received a shot during the break, could have more time to let the effects of the injection take hold. It was the third shot he had received in the knee this season.
“The swelling wasn’t very bad,” Boone said. “We do believe it’s just one turn through and hopefully something that benefits him down the stretch.”
Sabathia, who is 7-4 with a 3.32 earned run average, is the third member of the rotation to drop out since the start of the season — along with Gray, Jordan Montgomery was lost to a season-ending elbow operation. The Yankees recently acquired Lance Lynn and J.A. Happ to fortify the rotation, but they have turned out to be the staff’s pillars at the moment.
Luis Severino has hardly looked like a staff ace, let alone an All-Star since early July. He was unable to make it past the fourth inning of an 8-5 loss to the New York Mets on Monday. And while Masahiro Tanaka had pitched well lately, he was rocked in a 12-7 loss to Texas on Friday night.
Happ will start Tuesday against Tampa Bay, followed by Cessa on Wednesday and Tanaka on Thursday.