Sabathia underwent surgery Thursday to clean up his right knee, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Cashman added that this was a repeat procedure to the surgery Sabathia underwent last offseason. There shouldn't be any concern over his status heading into the 2019 campaign, as Sabathia was fully operational by the time spring training came around this past year. For the 38-year-old, the looming question is whether he will return to the Bronx for an 11th season or if he will be wearing a different uniform come the spring. Across 29 regular-season starts in 2018, he posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 140 strikeouts in 153 innings.
Sabathia will pitch a potential Game 4 in the ALDS against Boston on Tuesday, though he will be available during Friday's Game 1 if needed, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. As expected, he will be ready to enter Friday's contest should J.A. Happ run into early trouble, but Sabathia lines up for a start at Yankee Stadium next week otherwise, following Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in the rotation. Across 29 starts this year, Sabathia has logged a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with an 8.2 K/9.
Sabathia is on the 25-man roster for the ALDS against Boston, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Sabathia tossed five scoreless innings during his final outing of the regualar season against Tampa Bay. He figures to be used as a starting pitcher later in the series if needed.
Sabathia (8-7) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings, notching the victory Friday against Baltimore. Sabathia surrendered a two-run single in the fifth inning, but he'd exit the ballgame with a four-run lead after throwing 59 of 97 pitches for strikes. The 38-year-old lefty has posted a 3.77 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 135 strikeouts through 148 innings this season. He figures to get one last start in the regular season Wednesday against Tampa Bay before the Yankees gear up for a wild-card game.
Sabathia (7-7) took the loss against the Blue Jays on Saturday, allowing five runs on seven hits over 2.1 innings. He struck out two and did not issue a walk. Sabathia managed only seven outs as he gave up three home runs -- two by Randal Grichuk and one from Kevin Pillar -- as he failed to finish three innings for the first time this season. The veteran left-hander has a 3.80 ERA and 1.35 WHIP this season and currently lines up to start next Friday against the Orioles.
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