Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Sabathia (knee) is unlikely to require more than the minimum 10 days on the DL after being placed on the shelf Monday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. If all goes according to plan, Sabathia should be back on the mound next weekend in Baltimore. Since the Yankees have scheduled off days coming Monday and Thursday, the club won't require a fifth starter until the final week of the month. Though Boone anticipates Sabathia to return after missing just one start, there's a chance he will need a little more time, especially after receiving a Synvisc injection and getting his knee drained earlier this week. Expect a more definitive timetable to come to light next week once Sabathia has time to respond to this treatment.
Sabathia had his inflamed right knee drained Monday and had a Synvisc injection, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Sabathia doesn't consider his injury a significant one, though his recovery timeline will depend on how the knee responds to treatment. He felt as though he could have played through the issue, as it had been bothering him for the last two starts in which he nevertheless allowed just a combined one run on five hits while striking out 19 batters. Luis Cessa (notably not Sonny Gray) will take his place in the rotation for at least one start.
Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation. It's unclear when Sabathia picked up the injury, as the veteran had allowed just five runs over his previous four outings (19.1 innings) before landing on the shelf. The big southpaw missed some time with a knee injury last year, though it's unclear if his current issue is related. He'll be eligible to return Aug. 23 if he ultimately proves ready. In the meantime, Sonny Gray will likely slide back into the rotation in Sabathia's stead.
Sabathia (7-4) threw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks while fanning seven as he snagged the victory Sunday against Texas. Sabathia turned in yet another stellar outing, as he's allowed just five runs over his previous four starts (19.1 innings). The 38-year-old owns a 3.32 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with a 106:41 K:BB through 119.1 frames in 2018. Sabathia will draw a favorable matchup his next time out, as he lines up to face the Blue Jays on Friday.
Sabathia struck out 12 and walked three in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits in 5.2 innings. Sabathia recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts and matched a season high in pitches thrown with 103 (69 for strikes). The veteran lefty has not registered a win in his last five straight starts but still holds a respectable 3.49 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP. The great strikeout night brings him to a 99:38 K:BB in 113.1 innings. His next start will be against the Rangers at home.